By: Nick Gambino
Love is blind. Especially, when it comes to online dating and it’s clear the person on the other end of the “relationship” is pretending to be someone they’re not. No matter how many red flags are blowing out there in the wind, some lovesick fool is going to get catfished on a dating app. Tinder is looking to help out with a blue checkmark system that shows you who’s been verified as real.
The Photo Verification system is actually quite clever. Tinder requires the user to take a real-time photo that matches the pose of a randomly selected model. The selfie then goes to the community team, comprised of actual humans, who will make sure the pose matches the sample image provided and in turn matches the person’s profile picture.
The community team uses “human-assisted AI technology” to complete the verification. Once the person is verified as real and actually who they say they are, they will receive a blue checkmark on their profile. This feature is slowly rolling out to the millions of users actively using the popular dating app.
There were other safety features released for the Tinder app at the same time as Photo Verification. “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,” Tinder CEO, Elie Seidman, said in a press release.
Tinder now works hand-in-hand with Noonlight, a personal safety app, that allows you to call for emergency services with the simple click of a button. The simple integration will allow users to get the help they need if the date goes south.
Staying in line with their new safety theme, Tinder now includes a Safety Center. This new section of the mobile dating app is “dedicated to keeping members informed about these features while providing resources and tools.”
As one of the leading dating apps, Tinder seems to be taking the issue of safety seriously with ever-evolving features that help avoid dangerous situations.