You might soon be able to verify Tinder with a Government ID across the globe. The decision was taken in an effort to reduce fake profiles and abuse on the platform.
Users will have the choice to pick the option unless it is made compulsory by the country they live in. The feature will be rolled out in the next quarter.
The feature is already in action since 2019, in Japan where it is mandatory for users aged 18 and above to verify.
According to Tinder, the ID verification will give “more confidence that their matches are authentic.”
The Verge in a report said, the company will consult with the local experts in different countries to understand the privacy implications of documents used for verification. The safety of LGBTQ+ community members using government ID in countries where homosexuality is considered against the law will also be considered.
Tinder said, “We know that in many parts of the world and within traditionally marginalized communities, people might have compelling reasons that they can’t or don’t want to share their real-world identity with an online platform. Creating a truly equitable solution for ID Verification is a challenging, but critical safety project and we are looking to our communities as well as experts to help inform our approach.”
Match Group, owner of Tinder in March said it was planning to partner with background-checking company Garbo for improving the safety of users. It seems more like the background check feature might be a paid one.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, the number of online dating scams amounting to nearly $300 in 2020. This is a huge amount and Tinder plans to reduce these frauds with these features.