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Tinder Will Let You Run Background Checks on Matches Soon

The app is partnering with a female-founded, non-profit background check platform that reveals violence and abuse history.
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There's a lot of feelings that go through your mind before a first date: making a bad first impression, saying the wrong thing, or even going on a date with a potential serial killer.

The same especially goes for online dating with its broader pool of potential partners. Lucky for you, Tinder is working on one way to make its app safer. No, it won't have a feature that magically tells you if your match has thoughts about killing you. Instead, the app is partnering with Garbo, a female-founded, first-of-its-kind, non-profit background check platform that lets you know about a match's violence and abuse history.

It's all possible because Tinder's parent company, Match Group, has made an investment with Garbo to make the tech accessible to its users—starting with Tinder. The partnership will enable users with "information, helping create equitable pathways to safer connections and online communities across tech."

Kathryn Kosmides founded Garbo in 2018 as a survivor of gender-based violence. The tech non-profit aims to prevent gender-based violence by making public records and reports of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes, more transparent.

"For far too long women and marginalized groups in all corners of the world have faced many barriers to resources and safety. We recognize corporations can play a key role in helping remove those barriers with technology and true collaboration rooted in action," said Tracey Breeden, head of safety and social advocacy for Match Group.

Tinder is currently testing out the tech, and it will be adopted later this year. The app will also roll out the feature on its other U.S. brands like Match.com, Meetic, OkCupid, Hinge, PlentyOfFish, Ship, and OurTime.

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