If you’ve ever wished you could do a criminal background check on any of your potential dates with a tinder match (and who hasn’t?) there’s good news to come.
Following a survey conducted in 2019 by ProPublica which revealed that known sex offenders, including repeatedly convicted rapists, use the free version of Tinder and other dating apps like PlentyofFish, OkCupid, and Hinge.
These four dating apps also belong to the same company: Match Group.
On Monday, Match Group revealed that it is investing in the non-profit Garbo background check platform and will integrate a new criminal background check option into its Tinder app later in 2021.
Garbo, a business founded by women, collects “public records and reports of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment and other violent crimes,” reports the BBC.
“We recognize that businesses can play a key role in helping break down these barriers through technology and true action-driven collaboration,” said Tracey Breeden, Head of Security and Social Advocacy at Match Group.
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The addition of the Garbo service, which will be available to users for a fee yet to be determined, will give women more information before they decide how they want to proceed with the dates, said Tracey Breeden, head of security and advocacy. Social Match.
“It gives them an opportunity and that level of comfort,” she said in an interview. “Maybe they want more information before they have a video chat, maybe they want more information before they meet in person.”
Tinder is aware that a lot of users search for themselves on Google anyway, Breeden said, and it’s just one more tool for those interested.
Match Group is expected to roll out this new criminal background check feature across all of its dating apps once it is fine-tuned on Tinder.
In one blog post Garbo said last month that their criminal background check would rule out charges of drug possession, trafficking tickets in addition to DUIs and manslaughter due to systemic racial inequality in the US criminal justice system. .
Even with these limitations, this is great news for the many women who use these dating apps, like Susan Deveau matched with a man on PlentyofFish and she was interested until she found out he was a convicted rapist. three times and that it was recorded as dangerous. sex offender in the state of Massachusetts.
Sarah Sawrey-Cookson, director of communications at Get Safe Online, praised Match Group’s stated move towards better online dating security, telling the BBC, “We have always emphasized the need for both new and experienced users to be cautious and ‘verify the person, not the profile’. That’s why we welcome any initiative that allows people to do better due diligence before entering into a relationship that could end up being very damaging.