If a person activates the Noonlight alarm, the app will ask the user to submit a code and if the person fails to type it in, a dispatcher will send them a text. If that goes unanswered, the company would immediately alert the authorities.
Dating can be exhilarating and nerve-wracking. Some turn out to be wonderful, others not so much. With numerous scary stories surrounding dates people meet on Tinder going around, the popular dating app has announced that it will soon provide a host of updates to ensure the safety of its users. According to PEOPLE, the company revealed on Thursday that they are planning to introduce a panic button on their app which would enable people to discreetly contact emergency services if they suspect any potential danger. Apparently, they have teamed up with Noonlight, a connected safety platform, to implement this safety feature. Explaining the purpose of this feature, Noonlight co-founder and CCO Brittany LeComte said, "Noonlight acts as a silent bodyguard in situations when you’re alone or meeting someone for the first time."
"Now, through our integration with Tinder, it can serve as a quick backup for daters, helping to deter bad behavior and helping members meet matches with more confidence," read the statement released by Tinder. Now, when a person activates the Noonlight alarm, the app will prompt the user to submit a code. In case the person fails to type the code in, a dispatcher will send them a text and if that goes unanswered, the company would immediately alert the authorities, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Apart from the "silent bodyguard" security option, users would also be able to submit details, including names and locations, of their upcoming dates. LeComte reportedly regarded this feature as a "first-of-its-kind added security measure" for the dating app's users who make the transition of connecting with their dates from online to offline. Additionally, Tinder will also be introducing "verified profiles" which would include blue checkmarks on user pages, similar to Instagram and Twitter. To be eligible for this checkmark, one would be required to go through a photo verification process to prove that they are who they claim to be on the app.
This process is not something that should be taken lightly as they would employ artificial intelligence to determine whether the pictures uploaded by users in various poses, such as winking, are similar to the ones they have previously uploaded or not. Using this latest verification process, which won't be available until later this year, the company hopes to curb catfishing, the act of using someone else's identity to lure a match. "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," said Tinder CEO Elie Seidman.
Additionally, the app is said to include another option using which users can report offensive messages from their matches. Furthermore, the company explained that a feature called 'Does This Bother You?' will also be available in select markets. An 'Undo' option asking users if they wish to take back a potentially inappropriate message will also be there. "I’m proud to share these updates, which represent an important step in driving our safety work forward at an unmatched scale," added Seidman.