Tinder to Soon Get Panic Button, Safety Check-In Features
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, popular dating app Tinder will soon start offering its users new safety features, including an option to hit a panic button, receive check-ins to make sure they feel safe, and even call authorities to their location. The new features will begin rolling out in the U.S. later this month.
The source notes that in a dangerous situation, daters will be able to trigger an alarm via Noonlight, a location tracking and personal safety app owned by Tinder’s parent company Match. Users will then be asked to enter a code. If they fail to enter it, they’ll receive a text from one of Noonlight’s dispatchers.
Tinder users who opt in to the new feature will also be able to display a badge on their dating profiles.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Match group chief executive Mandy Ginsberg said, “The false positives, believe me, we took them into account. If someone doesn’t respond, worst case someone shows up and knocks on the door. It’s not the worst thing in the world.”
Match Group is now also planning to roll out the Noonlight feature to its other dating apps in the coming months.