The online dating app Tinder will soon make its ID verification option available to all users around the world.
Tinder said Monday that it will make its ID verification feature available to all members around the world “in the coming quarters”.
The feature, which has been active in Japan since 2019, enables users to verify their identity by uploading official documents including a passport or license. However, this can vary from country to country.
The dating app company announced in an official statement that it will “take into account expert recommendations and input from Tinder members about which documents are used in each country, as well as local regulations and laws, while introducing the feature. “
Tinder had also stated that it will use their feedback to ensure the process is “privacy friendly”.
Rory Kozoll, head of Trust and Safety Product at Tinder, said the company is taking a “test-and-learn” approach to introducing ID verification.
“We know that one of the most valuable things Tinder can do to make members feel safe is giving them more confidence in the authenticity of their matches and more control over who they interact with,” said Kozoll in a statement.
Company officials also acknowledge that some users may not want to reveal their identities online. Thereafter, the ID verification process is initially held voluntarily, unless this is required by local law.
Tracey Breeden, Vice President of Safety and Social Advocacy at Tinder parent company Match Group, said, “We know that people in many parts of the world and in traditionally marginalized communities have compelling reasons that they cannot or want to share their real identities with an online platform. “
She added, “Creating a truly equitable solution to ID verification is a challenging but critical security project and we hope for our communities as well as experts to assist us in our approach.”
This isn’t the first time the dating app has thought of adding security-oriented features to the platform. A photo verification system was added last year that adds a blue check mark to users’ dating profiles.