Tinder users in the United States can now run in-app background checks on their matches for previous violent or harmful behaviour. This additional feature has been made possible via the online platform’s partnership with non-profit organisation Garbo.
The searc wi queries will return results that Garbo deems relevant to the saftey of the user and will exclude certain information including drug possession and loitering. The searches also won’t include personally identifiable information like addresses and phone numbers.
According to Tinder, each user will have access to two free background check searches; after which, they’ll be required to pay $2.50 plus a small processing fee per transaction that will directly fund Garbo’s operations and other fees associated with the service.
However, only Tinder members in the United States have access to the background checks for now.
The development follows the numerous insights and conversations driven by Netflix’s British true crime documentary film “Tinder Swindler,” in which a group of women who were scammed of millions of dollars attempt to recover their money.