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Tinder is adding background checks to its dating app

Tinder is partnering with an app that offers online background checks so users can research if their dates have been convicted of violent crimes.

Match Group, Tinder’s parent company, announced its partnership with Garbo, the online platform that allows users to access public information, including arrests, convictions and sex offender records.

Tinder users who log into the app’s security center will be taken to Garbo, where they can enter their match’s name and phone number.

Garbo will then provide information on possible arrests and convictions for specific violent crimes, as well as the status of the sex offender registry.

Tinder and other dating apps, including Bumble, have come under pressure to act after women reported being sexually assaulted by men they met through online platforms.

In September 2020, Match Group hired Tracey Breeden as Vice President of Safety and Social Advocacy, whose portfolio includes other affiliates such as Hinge, Match, OKCupid and PlentyofFish.

Breeden was hired by Uber, where she held the same position.

“We believe we have an important role to play in creating safe spaces for everyone,” Breeden told the Post.

In this photo illustration a Tinder logo seen displayed on a smartphone.
Tinder was sued more than a decade ago by a woman who claimed she was raped by a man she met on the app – even though he had been convicted of rape six times.
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“Our users – and the general public in general – have the right to access public records about someone they may wish to meet, particularly where the information involves information that may have a safety impact.

“That’s why we’re so excited to partner with Garbo – it’s a huge step forward in security for our users and the industry at large.”

2019, the news site ProPublica found that while Match Group, the Dallas-based company that owns 45 online dating brands, searched for sexual predators on the Match website, it didn’t do the same for Tinder, OKCupid, or PlentyofFish.

Match is a paid subscriber app, while the other dating apps in the Match Group portfolio are free.

In 2011, entertainment industry executive Carole Markin filed a lawsuit against Match after she told police that she was raped on the second date by a man she met on the site who had previously charged rape six times had been convicted.

Match and Markin have reached an agreement. The company also set up a screening process to screen users for sex crimes and criminal convictions.

The Match Group has taken further measures to improve user security in light of the reported attacks.

In 2020, it bought a stake in Noonlight, which allows users to alert police in emergencies with the push of a button.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/09/tinder-adds-background-checks-to-its-dating-app/ Tinder is adding background checks to its dating app

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