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Tinder Is Rolling Out Blue Ticks To Prevent You Getting Catfished

Tinder Is Rolling Out Blue Ticks To Prevent You Getting Catfished

There's nothing worse than meeting 'The One' online only to find out they're actually just a catfish.

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(No, that isn't David Beckham you're talking to right now, we hate to break it to you...)

But fear not, because soon, all these worries will be a thing of the past, as Tinder is bringing out a brand new 'blue tick' feature, which will help us spot those pesky fake profiles from a mile off.

The blue tick system will work by verifying your photographs against a real time selfie, to prove that you match up to the person you say you are.

Tinder will verify your identity with a real time selfie (Credit: Tinder)
Tinder will verify your identity with a real time selfie (Credit: Tinder)

Once you've snapped your selfie, it will be assessed by Tinder's community team, who will then verify it against the profile pictures provided.

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And if everything looks okay, you'll get a blue badge of honour on your page, which tells potential matches that you're legit.

Given that Tinder literally has millions of users all around the world, the blue ticks are being rolled out slowly, with the ambition to eventually develop software to take over the humans and to speed it all up.

So far, it's only up and running in some smaller areas, like Taiwan and Ireland, but the app is then set to gradually bring it to the masses. It hasn't yet put a time scale on this, though.

Tinder isn't the first to introduce the blue tick system, as its rival Bumble did something similar back in 2016, and was praised for the decision.

Tinder has rolled out a blue tick system (Credit: Unsplash)
Tinder has rolled out a blue tick system (Credit: Unsplash)

Obviously the system isn't foolproof, as people can often use old images on their page and gain or lose weight, which might make them trickier to verify.

But still, it's a step in the right direction, eh?

The blue tick feature isn't the only new offering from Tinder, either. The app is also working on software which can detect offensive comments and offer users the chance to report them.

It is set to release the feature in "select markets," but then has further plans to launch another feature in which people are offered the chance to "undo" potentially offensive messages, too.

Tinder is working to weed out offensive messages too (Credit: Pexels)
Tinder is working to weed out offensive messages too (Credit: Pexels)

The new developments come as Tinder has also announced a partnership with safety app Noonlight for US users, giving them the option to synchronise their account for an array of extra features.

Users who have signed up will let the app track their location when they're on a date, and gives them handy and accessible ways to notify the authorities should they need to urgently.

They will also have a badge on their profiles to let people know they're using the Noonlight app, and bosses are hoping that this too will act as an additional safety measure in itself.

Noonlight is another new feature which will hopefully improve safety on Tinder (Credit: Tinder)
Noonlight is another new feature which will hopefully improve safety on Tinder (Credit: Tinder)

The idea is that, wherever they are, if they feel threatened by the person they've met up with then they can trigger a panic button, which will send an alert to the local authorities who will come to their aid.

What a great idea! Tinder has not yet confirmed when they will be rolling this idea out to the rest of the world, but fingers crossed we'll all have access to these new functions soon.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, Dating, Sex and Relationships, Tinder, Technology

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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