The opt-in only feature is now available for users in India
- Face to Face feature would only work if both you and your potential date have opted in
- The the opt-in only feature was with an aim to bridge the gap between a live date and a virtual text chat
Days after Tinder began globally expanding its in-app video chat feature — Face to Face feature, with an aim to help people in the time of coronavirus pandemic, the feature is now available for users in India, the company announced on Friday. Face to Face feature would only work if both you and your potential date have opted in.
“We’re excited to share that our Face to Face//video chat feature is now available in India after receiving positive feedback from our members who have had early access to it,” Rory Kozoll, Head of Trust and Safety Product at Tinder, said in a statement.
“We’re confident that opt-in video gives members a more authentic way to test out the chemistry they have with their match before making the decision to continue the conversation, whether that means keeping it digital or meeting safely IRL.”
According to a Tinder survey conducted between May 6-May 12, amongst its users members in the US, half of them have had a video date with a match off Tinder in the previous month. Not only that, but 40 per cent of Gen Z members wanted to continue using video as a way to decide whether to meet IRL in the future — even once their favourite date spot is open again.
Earlier this week, the location-based dating app major started expanding its in-app video chat feature globally. Earlier, being tested in several regions and the US, the opt-in only feature was unveiled earlier this year with an aim to bridge the gap between a live date and a virtual text chat, and in a bid to take on its rivals such as Bumble and Hinge.
The company had rolled out a Face to Face test with some members in the US, Brazil, Australia, Spain, Italy, France, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, ThaThe opt-in only feature is now available for users in Indiailand, Peru and Chile, starting in July. The video chat feature is touted to be helpful amid the global coronavirus pandemic as it would save users the time of meeting in person which comes with an added risk.