Tinder will include background-checking feature to screen dates for violent crimes, offenses

Tinder’s parent company, the Match Group, is going to implement background check technology on the mainstream dating application before it carries it out to the remainder of its relationship platforms.

To make this screening feature accessible to clients, the Match Group reported it will partner with Garbo, a female-founded background check platform that is intended to “proactively prevent gender-based violence in the digital age.”

Garbo’s background-checking feature will be coordinated on Tinder first in the not so distant future. As indicated by the Match Group, these background checks collect public records and documented cases of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment and other violent crimes.

“For far too long women and marginalized groups in all corners of the world have faced many barriers to resources and safety,” said Tracey Breeden, the Match Group’s head of safety and social advocacy, in a statement.

“We recognize corporations can play a key role in helping remove those barriers with technology and true collaboration rooted in action,” she added. “In partnership with Match Group, Garbo’s thoughtful and groundbreaking consumer background check will enable and empower users with information, helping create equitable pathways to safer connections and online communities across tech.”

While Garbo’s background check feature reports some documented crimes, the Match Group’s press release reiterated the third-party platform is centered around uncovering past violent behaviors.

Non-violent arrests related with drug possession and traffic violations offenses will be rejected from background checks. This policy is being carried out because of Garbo’s nearby work with racial equity and gender justice groups, which have brought up disparities in the criminal equity framework for marginalized people.

“Before Garbo, abusers were able to hide behind expensive, hard-to-find public records and reports of their violence; now that’s much harder,” Garbo’s Founder and CEO Kathryn Kosmides said in the release. “Being able to reach historically underserved populations is fundamental to Garbo’s mission and the partnership with Match will help us connect with these communities.”

Likewise, the Match Group Advisory Council’s part Natalie Ludaway said the organization’s association with Garbo is “a real, meaningful step towards giving people access to information that can help make a real difference in their safety decisions.”

Garbo’s background checking technology will be added to the remainder of the Match Group’s computerized properties, including dating stages like Match.com, Hinge, Ok Cupid, Our Time, Plenty of Fish, Meetic and Pairs.

It isn’t clear if the background check feature will have an expense for Tinder clients and other Match Group supporters. As a different element, Garbo offers “low-cost background check.” Further details will be given in the following a while.

The Match Group purportedly had 10.9 million clients who paid a subscription in the fourth quarter of 2020, as per Statista.