Tinder to add panic button and anti-catfishing tech

Ruben Fields
January 25, 2020

Just incase you're new or old to Tinder and scared of going on a date due to safety reasons, not to worry, Tinder has added some new features for you. Users can trigger an alert so police can come in an emergency - which at first glance seems rife for potential of false alarms - but Match says it has accounted for this.

The update, which will feature as a new section of the app called the "Safety Center", will also allow users to check in at certain locations so that their friends can track them.

Match Group did not say how much it had invested in Noonlight. In addition to Tinder, Match Group's other dating services PlentyOfFish, OKCupid and Hinge will also get these features later this year.

The new services will go live across all of Match's products and services in the United States, starting with Tinder from January 28.

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In the U.S., it has teamed up with personal safety app Noonlight to allow daters to share details such as who they are meeting, where and when, as well as an easy way to call emergency services. It is not clear when these features will be rolled out globally. Many users have found themselves led on by and otherwise tricked into meeting up with a stranger who wasn't the person they were expecting, leading to, in the best-case scenario, a huge waste of everyone's time. If something goes wrong, users will be able to tap on the panic button - this will notify the authorities with accurate location information of the user.

Human-assisted AI will be used to verify profile photos uploaded on to the dating app by asking people to take a number of real-time selfies.

Read also: Finding love in Indonesia: Is Tinder the answer? The security feature will utilize AI technology to compare pictures with previously submitted snapshots, CNN reported. Tinder says that it is now testing this feature in "select markets" and that it will make it available to more profiles over the year.

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