Tinder May Start Providing Background Checks Based On User Reports

For years people have been asking for a better way to stay safe while exploring the treacherous seas of online dating. In addition, some people have filed lawsuits after being assaulted by someone they’ve met on these matchmaking websites. Finally, after all this time, Match Group may be deploying some safeguards for users.
According to PC Mag, Match Group’s partnership with background checking website Garbo is gearing up to produce something of value. Employees of Match Group are now to undergo mandatory training. This effort will help those who sort through the abuse claims users file on Tinder.
Reporting abuse is not as simple as you may think. Survivors may not be willing to give out all the attack details. In a post on Tinder’s website, it was stated that this new training at Match Group will better inform employees on how to “understand how survivors might respond to sexual violence and describe those experiences, how to recognize serious reports that may use vague language, and how to respond in a trauma-informed manner to these types of reports.
In addition to better preparing staff to take in and identify problems, users of Tinder will be able to; eventually, access background checks on users they are matched with via Garbo. This will only be available for US users, and the expansion of this service was not mentioned. The exact rollout of the background check program has not been announced:

Easier access to different support options: Not everyone will feel comfortable making a report, and there are a variety of different support options available in Tinder’s Safety Center, including Tinder’s dedicated Crisis Text Line (available to members 24/7) and, soon, members will be able to access background checks on matches through Garbo (US-only). The Safety Center is now accessible from virtually everywhere in the app, so help is always a tap away.

I’ve not used Tinder, but from what I can tell based on memes and photos found on Twitter, it’s a bit of a hellscape. When the app first launched, it was advertised, not exactly officially, as a way to find quick hookups. It may have evolved, but the stigma of the app’s original perception is still there.
I’m surprised that it took this long for Match Group to consider this. This company also runs OkCupid, PoF, and Match. If you want to see how hellish a dating site is for women, check out this video from BroTeam where my wife was used as the model.

What do you think of dating sites taking reports of abuse more seriously? Should reports be expanded into more areas like catfishing or serial daters? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
[Source: PC MAG] [Source: Tinder]

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Longtime problematic entertainment journalist. The former workhorse for Dread Central, ScienceFiction.com, and Fanbolt.

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