Tinder is stepping up its security features and allowing users to do background check on their matches…

The new safety feature was announced by the app owner, Match Group this week and will make use of a female-founded non-profit background check platform, Garbo for various apps including Tinder.

“Garbo provides historical information about violence and abuse to empower people to make more informed decisions and choices about their safety,” says Match Group.

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Initially available in the US, but global rollout on the cards

Match Group will make the platform accessible to its users initially in the US, details of its roll-out will be revealed in the months to come.

The move comes in a bid to curb gender-based violence, as CEO Kathryn Kosmides, a survivor of GBV, aims to help proactively prevent GBV by providing people with more transparency and information about whomever they connect with.

“Garbo offers low-cost background checks as it collects public records and reports of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes.”

This kind of information is not easily accessible and does not come cheap but is vital in the online space.

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Internet security is key

Internet security is becoming increasingly necessary in the digital age, according to a study from 2020 in the US at least 57% of women who use dating app have received inappropriate messages and pictures. While 35% said they were still contacted after they told the other party they were not interested.

In 2019, Australia’s Glenn Hartland, dubbed the “Tinder Rapist”, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for raping women he met on Tinder.

Garbo also considers racial equity and gender justice groups, knowing that there is inequity in the experiences of people of colour in the criminal legal system and across society.

“Before Garbo, abusers were able to hide behind expensive, hard-to-find public records and reports of their violence; now that’s much harder,” said Kosmides.

 

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