Tinder, the online dating app, will soon make its ID Verification feature available to all users worldwide.
Tinder announced on Monday that it will make its ID Verification feature available to all members worldwide “in the coming quarters,” according to The Verge.
Users will be able to verify their identities by uploading official documentation such as a passport or driver’s licence. The feature has been live in Japan since 2019. This, however, may vary by country.
The dating app company stated in an official statement that it will take “into account recommendations from experts and input from Tinder members regarding the documents that should be used in each country, as well as local regulations and laws” as it rolls out the feature.
Additionally, Tinder stated that it will use user feedback to ensure the process is “privacy-friendly.”
According to The Verge, Tinder’s head of trust and safety product, Rory Kozoll, stated that the company is taking a “test-and-learn” approach to the launch of ID verification.
“We know that one of the most important things Tinder can do to help members feel safer is to increase their confidence in the authenticity of their matches and to give them more control over who they interact with,” Kozoll said in a statement.
Additionally, company representatives acknowledge that some users may be hesitant to share their identities online. Following this, the ID verification process will initially be voluntary, with the exception of situations where local law requires it.
“We recognise that in many parts of the world and within historically marginalised communities, people may have compelling reasons to be unable or unwilling to share their real-world identity with an online platform,” said Tracey Breeden, vice president of safety and social advocacy at Tinder parent company Match Group.
“Developing a truly equitable solution for ID Verification is a difficult but critical safety project, and we are consulting our communities and experts to inform our approach,” she added.
This is not the first time the dating app has considered adding safety features; last year, it introduced a photo verification system that displays a blue tick next to users’ dating profiles.
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