Tinder Lets You Investigate That Hookup!

Published On March 23, 2021 | By Tom Huskerson | News and Analysis

Dating is a tricky game under the best of circumstances. The most dangerous question in a dating situation is, “who the hell am I getting involved with?” We know the internet is the perfect hiding place for maniacs seeking a date. Mercifully Tinder now lets you check out who you hooking up with.

According to March 15th press release. Tinder will soon launch a background-check function on its platform to target gender-based violence. Tinder is owned by Match Group a company that claims it pioneered the concept of online dating 20 years ago. Match Group has created an industry out of online dating and currently owns not only Tinder but Match, Pairs, OKcupid, Plenty of Fish, and Meetic.  The company announced its  investment in background check non-profit Garbo and will implement its technology on Tinder first then its other dating services later this year. No specific date has been announced for the launch.

Tinder has been accused of lax screening measures for its free services in the past. But this move could make online dating, or hooking up, safer for singles. And that is more important than the average single may realize. In December of 2019 executives for Match Group admitted to ProPublica reporters, “there are definitely registered sex offenders on our free products.” This admission came after ProPublica published an investigation into the company’s screening measures. At the time, Match Group said it only screens sex offenders on its paid platforms, not its free ones.

In January 2020, Tinder added photo verification, in-app safety check-ins during dates, and a built-in panic button to its platform. The services are free, but are only available in the US.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle.com. Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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