Tinder is leaving no stone unturned to beef up user safety to make dates safer. This is why it has rolled out features including a panic alarm button that informs safety authorities if a date turns ugly. The dating app has also added the ability to check-in that will allow friends about the location of the daters. Match, the parent company of Tinder, has partnered with safety app Noonlight. The testing for this app is excepted to begin in the United States from the end of January. In case of a date turning ugly, users can use the Noonlight tool within the dating app to raise an alarm.
Daters can sync their Tinder account with Noonlight before going on a date and will have to share their location and details of the persons with which they are going on date. Match assured its users that their information won’t be used for marketing purposes. If something goes wrong, they can hold down to a button to summon emergency services. The app will then be asked to enter code. If they don’t, they will receive a text message followed by a call. If Noonlight won’t get a response, it will get in touch with cops. The ride-hailing apps Uber built a similar panic button and rolled out safety features in 2018.
However, there are always chances of an alarm getting triggered by accident during a date even if everything was going well. But the company said that it is willing to take that risk for the safety of its users. Tinder is also testing a new photo verification tool that allows users to check whether they are talking to someone real before deciding to go on the date. A user will submit a selfie in different poses in real-time. The pics will be sent to Tinder’s community whose AI technology will compare those photos to previously submitted photos. If photos pass the check, the user will receive a blue tick mark. Tinder said the tool will soon become extensively available later this year.