Are you on Tinder? You can now do background checks on potential dates

If you’re one of the approximately 50 million people that use Tinder, you’ll be happy to know that the dating app has now added a cool new feature which will help you do background checks on potential dates.

Tinder is teaming up with Garbo, an online platform, which allows users to have access to all kinds of important information on people, including whether they are listed in the sex offender registry, their arrests and convictions.

This is a bid to arm Tinder users with information that can make them feel much safer about their dating choices on the app, but there are now growing concerns over the manner in which Tinder and this new feature will be used and exactly what people want to take away from it. For instance, someone who knows about the service may choose to use a different name.

The dangers of online dating, particularly on Tinder, were highlighted on the hit Netflix documentary ‘The Tinder Swindler’ – which details accounts of several women who were scammed out of millions by a man posing as the son of an Israeli billionaire.

HOW WILL THIS NEW TINDER FEATURE WORK?

Tinder users would have to access the background check tool via the app itself bay tapping on a blue shield logo. They will then be directed to the Tinder Safety Centre, where they will see a Garbo article in the tools section, which directs users to Garbo’s service. Garbo only requires a full name and phone number to run the background check

The first two background searches are free, followed by a US$2.50 fee for every subsequent search.

“We know that the biggest indicator of future abuse or violence is a history of these types of behaviors. Whether it’s online dating or the dozens of other ways we meet strangers in today’s digital age, we should know if we’re potentially putting our safety at risk,” Kathryn Kosmides, founder of Garbo, said in a statement with Tinder.

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