Tinder launches panic button and catfishing crackdown

Tinder is adding a range of new safety features including a panic button in case users need to alert the authorities while on a date.

The dating app will also tackle catfishing – duping someone into a relationship by using false pictures and information – with a new photo verification feature.

The verified photos will be assessed by an algorithm with human assistance after prompting users to take some selfies in real-time.

Tinder Noonlight allows users to press a panic button
Image: Tinder Noonlight allows users to press a panic button

Once users have successfully completed the verification procedure then their profiles will receive a blue tick affirming that they look like what they claim to look like.

“Every day, millions of our members trust us to introduce them to new people, and we’re dedicated to building innovative safety features powered by best-in-class technology that meet the needs of today’s daters,” said Elie Seidman, Tinder’s chief executive.

“I’m proud to share these updates, which represent an important step in driving our safety work forward at an unmatched scale,” Ms Seidman added.

The panic button feature comes as Tinder’s parent company Match Group announced its integration with Noonlight, a feature which lets users record who they are meeting, as well as where and when, and then the ability to discreetly alert the emergency services if they are feeling uncomfortable.

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Noonlight integration will only be available in the US at the beginning.

The verified profile feature is in testing in “select markets” according to Tinder “and will continue becoming more widely available throughout 2020”.

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