Tinder owner Match recently made a substantial investment in Garbo, the non-profit background checking platform founded by women.
Match which also owns dating apps Hinge, Plenty of Fish and OKCupid, didn’t disclose any full financial details, but it seems the company is keen to integrate Garbo into its dating apps starting in the US in 2021.
Garbo does background checks on people by looking at their public records to scan for violence or abusive pasts. Arrests and convictions or restraining orders can be accessed by potentially interested dating app users this way.
The platform was launched in 2018 by Kathryn Kosmides a survivor of violence.
“For far too long women and marginalized groups in all corners of the world have faced many barriers to resources and safety,” said Tracey Breeden, Head of Safety and Social Advocacy for Match Group.
“We recognize corporations can play a key role in helping remove those barriers with technology and true collaboration rooted in action. In partnership with Match Group, Garbo’s thoughtful and ground-breaking consumer background check will enable and empower users with information, helping create equitable pathways to safer connections and online communities across tech.”
Match is going to test the feature in Tinder initially before it will adopt the entire platform.
The feature could make online dating much safer, but it potentially raises some important privacy issues.