As per the latest reports, Tinder might soon let their users run background checks on possible dates. Tinder reportedly announced an investment in Garbo, a nonprofit organization that looks to allow people to run background checks with basic details such as name and phone number. As of now, the investment amount has not yet been disclosed publicly.
This means Tinder users will soon be able to vet their dates with details like their arrest record or violence history. This could dramatically affect who finds a match and who does not. Garbo said it collects “public records and reports of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes.” Garbo’s website says it accepts manually submitted “police report(s), order(s) of protection / restraining orders, and other legal documents that report abuse, harassment, or other crimes.”
Last month, in a blog post it was published that Garbo said it won’t publicize drug possession charges in order to take an “active stance toward equity.” The company also won’t reveal traffic violations. The blog post discussed earlier cites research about the disproportionate percentage of Black people who are arrested for drug charges compared to white people. According to Garbo, drug related offenses do not always mean “gender based violence”. Garbo is more concerned with preventing gender based violence.
Unfortunately, the background checks on Tinder won’t be free. Tinder is working with Garbo to figure out the optimum pricing schedule so that the feature can be accessed by most users. In the coming months, testing and building out capabilities for Garbo on Tinder will begin. Once Garbo is integrated into Tinder, other such Match Group brands might follow in the footsteps.
Since Garbo’s tool is not yet live, we cannot test its accuracy but this could upend how anonymous people feel on a dating app like Tinder. Interestingly, Tinder won’t share its users’ data with Garbo. Users will be able to run the background check with name and phone number which will anyway be shared if someone looks forward to a date.