The coronavirus pandemic has shifted many elements of our lives to the internet. We buy groceries online instead of going shopping, we do our shopping at Amazon and rarely go to brick and mortar stores. The current pandemic has also favored the relocation of the search for a partner to the Internet. The Match Group would like to benefit from this now.
Some of you have probably not heard of the Match Group, the company is better known for its own dating apps. In addition to OkCupid, Hinge and Match, this also includes Tinder, which is used in many places. So that appointments on the platform run safely, users should be able to better examine their acquaintances in the future.
Logically, the function will initially start exclusively in the United States; it is made possible by a collaboration with the nonprofit organization Garbo, which enables interested persons to do background checks. All you need is your first name and mobile phone number or your first and last name. It then scans for certain characteristics.
In this way, Garbo’s database can identify whether a person has been exposed to violence or abuse in the past, including arrests, convictions, injunctions, harassment or other violent crimes. Police reports, protection orders, injunctions and other legal documents provide the basis. If the Match Group connects its services with this database, one hopes for greater security for its own users: inside.
When exactly the new function will be available and what costs are associated with it not yet clear at this point in time. The new function will most likely not be offered free of charge, so the Match Group will be happy about additional financial resources in the coffers. If the first attempt at Tinder is successful, the company’s other services will follow in the foreseeable future.
The use of legal documents to protect users is generally to be welcomed. Even so, in my opinion, making money from people’s feelings is still negative. What makes a user without a subscription less worthy of protection than one with Premium? Here you should perhaps put people before financial interests.
Via The Verge