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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