Tinder announces new background check option for users

Tinder announced this week it will be adding a background check capability for its users so they can better ensure their own safety when meeting up with matches from the service.

By partnering with security startup Garbo, Tinder will offer users the ability to run a background check on potential matches before meeting up with them in person. The platform will offer users two free background checks and offer unlimited checks after that for $2.50 per check, plus processing fees.

“Nobody wants to step into a space that’s complex, that’s difficult. Safety’s hard,” said Tracey Breeden, head of safety and social advocacy at Tinder parent company Match Group. “And we have to be a part of the conversation. We have to help find a solution.”

Garbo, Breeden said, is not a “silver bullet” that will solve the security issues that users of dating apps face, but that it is an important tool.

The Garbo app provides a basic background check, including criminal history, on a person using typically just a name and phone number. Daters can then choose, based on the information they see, whether they wish to pursue meeting a potential match.




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