Tinder wants to help you feel more comfortable on a first date, so it is introducing new safety features, including a panic button, CNN reported on Thursday.
The popular dating app will release a new section next Tuesday for their U.S. users called Safety Center, according to CNN. This will include tools such as a panic button, which will alert authorities of dangerous situations, as well as a check-in feature so that friends can keep track of a user’s location.
Match (the parent company of Tinder) has partnered with an app called Noonlight for the new features, the Washington Post reported. Users will have to give Noonlight permission to track their locations, which will not be collected by Match or used for marketing purposes.
For Tinder users who choose to add Noonlight to their profiles, they can use it to enter information about an upcoming date, such as who they will be meeting and where, according to the Post. If a user feels unsafe, they can press a panic button during a date, and Noonlight will follow up with a text message, followed by a phone call. If they do not receive a response, Noonlight will contact authorities.
Match has plans to eventually expand this feature to other dating apps that it owns, including OkCupid, Match and Hinge, according to USA Today.
Tinder will also begin to introduce verified profiles, similar to social media sites like Twitter and Instagram, People magazine reported. Users will become verified by taking photographs in specified poses, which the app hopes will help deter catfishing.
“You should run a dating business as if you are a mom,” said Mandy Ginsberg, chief executive of Match, according to The Hill. “I think a lot about safety, especially on our platforms, and what we can do to curtail bad behavior. There are a lot of things we tell users to do. But if we can provide tools on top of that, we should do that as well.”