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Tinder to trial in-application background checks for would-be daters

Popular dating application Tinder is adding background checks as a feature to its dating platform.

The new checks are set to be rolled out in the US this year, as a bid to enhance safety features on the app.

The parent group of Tinder, Match Group, have partnered with non for profit Garbo that will make their background check technology accessible to app users.

Garbo was founded by females and it’s the “first-of-its-kind, non-profit background check platform”.

The feature will provide “historical information about violence and abuse to empower people to make more informed decisions and choices about their safety”.

“Garbo provides low-cost background checks by collecting public records and reports of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes,” Tinder said.

A Tinder spokesperson also told 7NEWS they will look for similar features for international versions of the application if the US pilot is successful.

“We plan to pilot this partnership in the US but will look for similar services for our international users,” a spokesperson said.

Match Group also owns PlentyOfFish, OkCupid and Hinge, who are all expected to follow suit with the software.

Tinder in the US is conducting a trial of the background checks. Credit: NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Kathryn Kosmides Founder and CEO of Garbo spoke about the revolutionary safety feature.

“Before Garbo, abusers were able to hide behind expensive, hard-to-find public records and reports of their violence; now that’s much harder,” she said.

“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.”

In October last year, Tinder introduced a safety-focused update of photo verification in Australia.

Members are encouraged to take “selfies for safety” with this feature.

“This new feature uses cutting edge technology that compares a posed photo taken in real-time to the images that appear on a member’s profile,” Tinder said.

“It is designed to enhance the safety of our members by ensuring authenticity and increasing trust in member profiles.”

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