TINDER has said it will soon allow all users to verify their identity by uploading documents like a passport or drivers licence.
The move could help users of the app avoid being catfished by people pretending to be someone their not.
Tinder is launching the feature worldwideCredit: Alamy
The company explained in a statement: “Tinder is announcing it will make ID Verification available to members around the world in the coming quarters.
“Tinder will take into consideration expert recommendations, input from our members, what documents are most appropriate in each country, and local laws and regulations, as it determines how the feature will roll out.
“The product will begin as voluntary, except where mandated by law, and based on the inputs received will evolve to ensure an equitable, inclusive and privacy-friendly approach to ID Verification. “
The feature has been live in Japan since 2019.
Users won’t have to upload ID if they don’t want to as Tinder recognises that some people might not want to share their identity online for legitimate privacy concerns.
However, Tinder does want as many people as possible to use the feature.
Rory Kozoll, Head of Trust & Safety Product at Tinder, said: “ID Verification is complex and nuanced, which is why we are taking a test-and-learn approach to the rollout.
“We know one of the most valuable things Tinder can do to make members feel safe is to give them more confidence that their matches are authentic and more control over who they interact with.
“And we hope all our members worldwide will see the benefits of interacting with people who have gone through our ID verification process.
“We look forward to a day when as many people as possible are verified on Tinder.”
The exact date for when UK and US users can access the verification feature has not been specified.
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