Tinder brings voluntary authentication
Tinder has announced that the authentication feature, which has been used in Japan for a long time, will come globally.
Tinder announced today that in the coming months, users will be able to verify their identities through the app. This feature was first made available in Japan in 2019, and Tinder users are required to verify that they are at least 18 years old . The company announced in a blog post that authentication will begin voluntarily , except in places like Japan, where this is required by law .
Tinder authentication will be available worldwide
Authentication will be free for all users, similar to the photo verification feature. According to a Tinder spokesperson, the company will also use authentication to reference data such as sex offender registries in regions where this information is available. Tinder already did this with credit card information when users signed up for a subscription.
The current photo verification feature adds a Twitter-like blue tick to a user’s profile, while authentication provides another obvious badge . This way users can tell if a profile has photo or authentication.
No matter how much Tinder has invested in security features, it is up to users to meet profiles that do not authenticate. Because the authentication feature offered is not mandatory, it is done voluntarily.
In March 2021 , Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, invested in the nonprofit registry control company Garbo . Garbo’s background checks can help identify users with a history of violence or abuse. It is not yet clear how Garbo will be integrated into Tinder and whether it will charge users access fees.