They’ll ensure that your Tinderella isn’t a catfish in disguise.
You no longer need a relative in the CIA to screen your upcoming dates. Tinder and other Match Group-owned dating platforms will soon allow everyday users to conduct background checks on their matches, the Verge reported.
“This is an industry first,” Match Group safety head Tracey Breeden told Yahoo News of the cutting-edge capability. “There have not been any background check options in the dating industry.”
The technology will come courtesy of Match’s undisclosed investment in Garbo, a nonprofit that seeks to permit everyday citizens to vet people based on basic info such as their first name and phone number.
Using these cursory details, Tinder trustees will reportedly be able to determine if someone they’re courting online has a criminal record, or other court designations like a restraining order.
However, Garbo draws the line at disclosing drug charges. Their rationale is that the “criminal justice system has been used to monitor substance possession in a way that promotes systemic inequality for decades,” per the monitoring firm’s site.
Match Group has yet to finalize all the details — including the price — however, the background checker will undergo a trial run on Tinder in the coming months. Once integrated there, it will likely roll out to the company’s other hookup apps, which include OkCupid, Hinge and Match.
The vetting tech isn’t just about upping the odds of meeting Mr. or Mrs. right. A 2019 report found that romance scams were the most costly forms of fraud, with losses from sex cons quadrupling in recent years.
Not to mention that dating platforms have allowed violent criminals to woo victims under the guise of a potential match. Three years ago, a Nebraska man was charged with the grisly murder of a 24-year-old woman whom he had met on Tinder.