Tinder To Allow Users To Run Criminal Background Checks on Matches

Tinder users will be allowed to run criminal background checks on their matches starting this week.

According to CNN, the new feature is being offered via a partnership between Match Group, Tinder’s parent company, and Garbo, a nonprofit focusing their efforts on “gender-based violence awareness and prevention” and providing background checks. Tinder’s update arrives a year after Match Group announced a seven-figure investment into Garbo with the aim of offering the service to its users.

To conduct a background check, users will need to provide information like a first and last name and phone number, while details such as age, date of birth, zodiac sign and zip code will allow Garbo to run a more precise check. Tinder users will be given to free background checks, while the subsequent searches and non-Tinder users can buy credits from Garbo for approximately $2.50 USD.

CNN notes that while the feature will allow users to feel safer and more comfortable with their matches, there is also a concern of how others may take advantage of it. Kathryn Kosmides, the founder of Garbo and a survivor of gender-based violence, also explained that the users who will utilize this feature are one of two people “They’re either a cautious person and searching everyone, or they have a gut feeling about someone.”

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