May 27, 2022

Dating App Tinder to Start Offering Criminal Background Checks

Tinder app

Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

Online dating is a common way to meet people these days, but what if something about your potential romantic partner just feels off? Now, Tinder, the popular dating app, is helping its users stay safe when meeting in person with a potential mate.

Beginning this week, Tinder will offer a background check tool for users that will be built into the app’s Safety Center. Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, will team with the non-profit background check provider Garbo to offer the service. Garbo is known for its work with gender-based violence awareness.

According to TechCrunch, when those using the app log in, they’ll be directed to the Garbo website if they wish to get a background check. Users will be required to add their match’s first name and phone number to begin the background check. If no results pop up, they’ll be required to enter more information, such as age.

Match Group is also partnering with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline), according to a release, to ensure survivors have 24/7 access to resources and information.

“For far too long women and traditionally marginalized groups have faced many barriers to resources and safety,” Tracey Breeden, head of safety and social advocacy at Match Group, said in a statement. “Garbo’s thoughtful and innovative consumer background checks will drive the industry forward while empowering people with critical information to help inform personal safety choices.”

Anyone is able to sign up for Garbo by visiting www.garbo.io.