Match Group – the company behind some of the most popular dating apps out there, such as Tinder, OkCupid, and Hinge – has partnered with Garbo to bring a background check feature to its dating platforms, starting with Tinder. Garbo is a non-profit that offers background check services, providing personal historical data such as records of violence and abuse. Garbo’s background check tool will first make its way to Tinder later this year and will soon arrive on its sister dating services.
“The Garbo partnership is part of Match Group’s commitment to investing in the latest technology and third-party expertise to combat bad actors and empower users with tools to help keep them safer.”
The Tinder owner says it will begin testing the background analysis tool by integrating it with Tinder in the coming months. Garbo describes its goal as a service that aims to prevent gender-based violence by providing low-cost background checks courtesy of data sourced from public records. It flags reports of violence or abusive behavior, convictions, harassment, restraining orders, and arrests. The objective of integrating Garbo’s background check tool with the dating services is to help people make informed decisions, especially women and those who hail from marginalized communities.
The company adds that accessing background data is not always easy, and neither is it cheap, but Garbo democratizes access to this critical and potentially life-saving information. In the official announcement post, it is mentioned that Garbo’s background check service will exclude reports of arrests owing to drug possession and traffic violations, as they are claimed to impact people from marginalized groups disproportionately.
Last year, Match Group joined hands with anti-sexual violence organization RAINN to initiate an extensive analysis of sexual misconduct reporting, moderation, and response mechanism across the company’s dating platforms. Both the parties also worked together to bolster the existing safety systems and features in apps such as Tinder and Hinge, to name a few. To recall, Tinder also launched a one-on-one video chat feature last year when the pandemic made in-person meetings non-feasible.