Tinder has announced that its ID verification technology will be made available for users all around the world, as part of its ongoing commitment creating a safer community.
Users will initially have the choice whether to confirm their identity or not, but the dating app has promised that every measure will be taken to ensure data privacy. It also acknowledges that some marginalised communities have reasons for not sharing their identities on dating platforms.,
Expert and local member recommendations will be used to decide which legal documents are most appropriate for each country.
Rory Kozoll, Head of Trust and Safety Product at Tinder, explained in a statement: “ID Verification is complex and nuanced, which is why we are taking a test-and-learn approach to the rollout.
“We know one of the most valuable things Tinder can do to make members feel safe is to give them more confidence that their matches are authentic and more control over who they interact with. And we hope all our members worldwide will see the benefits of interacting with people who have gone through our ID verification process.”
In its inaugural ‘Impact Report’ published two months ago, Match Group promised to invest $100 million in talent, product, technology and moderation efforts related to trust and safety throughout the year.
Part of this promise included a partnership with Garbo which allows singles to carry out background checks on their matches before going on dates. The scan will alert them to any arrest records, history of violence and other crimes, excluding drug-related charges.
Tinder has also introduced an in-app ‘Safety Centre’ for users in India. This resource gives them easy access to educational documents and tools about dating safely, as well as a list of local hotlines for support.
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