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Tinder now lets you run background checks on your matches

Mashable

For close to a year now, Tinder has been testing a feature to let you run background checks on matches, partnering with non-profit platform Garbo to integrate the service for its users. Today, all Tinder members can now access it via the app's Safety Center, which is being touted as a first-of-its-kind partnership within the realm of dating apps. Tinder is offering two free background check searches for each user for the launch, and up to 500,000 free searches in total. Each search via Garbo costs $2.50 (which doesn't include a small processing fee), and all funds will go towards bolstering Garbo's operations and the fees connected to record searches. Garbo is also going to be available to the general public in the U.S., starting today.


How to run a background check on a Tinder match

Mashable

If you're meeting someone new from Tinder, there's the possibility of checking up on a few things before actually see them IRL. In March, the dating app made background checks available to its millions of monthly active users. Partnering with nonprofit platform Garbo, Tinder offers two free background checks for each user (up to 500,000 free searches to be claimed in total). The feature comes in tandem with a range of updates aimed at enhancing safety and precaution for Tinder users. The app's parent company, Match Group, partnered with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, ID verification is available worldwide, and Tinder has a devoted and evolving Safety Center with a burgeoning cluster of resources.


Tinder's parent company is auditing its sexual violence prevention policies

Engadget

Tinder parent company Match Group is partnering with one of the largest anti-sexual violence groups in the US to audit how it handles reports of sexual assault across its many dating platforms. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) will "conduct a comprehensive review of sexual misconduct reporting, moderation and response across Match Group's dating platforms and to work together to improve current safety systems and tools," the company said on Monday. The first phase of the review will focus on Tinder, Hinge and Plenty of Fish before moving on to Match's other platforms -- the company owns around 40 other dating brands altogether. The partnership, which Axios was the first to report on, will continue through 2021, with recommend changes rolling out "shortly thereafter." This is an important move for Match, even if there aren't many details at the moment. While you frequently hear of horror stories, it's difficult to put an exact number to the incidents of sexual assault that happen through Tinder and other online dating platforms.


Tinder to launch new feature to reduce the number of hateful messages sent on the dating app

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tinder is looking to make its popular dating app even safer, rolling out a new feature designed to stop harassment before it starts. Known as'Are You Sure? (AYS),' the feature uses artificial intelligence to detect what it deems'harmful language,' giving users a prompt prior to sending a message that could be considered harmful. The AYS notification has supposedly reduced'inappropriate language' in messages by 10 percent in early testing. Additionally, the company said that members who saw the AYS? prompt were'less likely' to be reported for inappropriate messages over the next month. According to a source familiar with the situation, hate speech, overly sexual content and'all language that goes against community guidelines' are flagged by the AI.


Sexual assault survivors can get trauma support...through Bumble

Mashable

In a rare move for the dating app industry, Bumble is partnering with remote trauma support site Bloom to offer complimentary services to users. Bloom provides free online courses by and for survivors of sexual assault and harassment on mental health topics such as creating boundaries and managing anxiety. Chayn, a nonprofit based in the UK, created the project as part of its mission to provide resources and support for survivors of gender-based violence. The service, which will begin later this year, will be available to survivors of assault or abuse who met their abuser on the app. Bumble plans on expanding the program to include people who experienced assault no matter where they met their assailant.