Tinder has also said that the suggestions would be utilised to make the process more “privacy-friendly”
NEW DELHI — American geosocial networking and online dating application Tinder will soon make the Tinder ID Verification feature available to all users worldwide.
Tinder announced on Monday, according to The Verge, that its ID Verification function will be available to all members across the world in the upcoming quarters.
Users will be able to authenticate their identities by uploading official paperwork such as a passport or driver’s license, a feature which has already been available in Japan since 2019. This, however, may differ from county to country.
In an official statement, the dating app business stated that it will examine advice from experts and input from Tinder members regarding which papers would be utilized in each region, as well as local rules and laws, when rolling out the functionality.
Tinder has also indicated that the feedback would be used to ensure that the procedure is “privacy-friendly”.
Tinder’s ‘Test-and-learn’ approach to guide the feature rollout
According to The Verge, Tinder’s head of trust and safety product, Rory Kozoll, is adopting a “test-and-learn” approach to the ID verification rollout.
In a statement, Kozoll said that Tinder staff knows that giving users more trust that their matches are genuine and more control over who they engage with is one of the most valuable things they can do to help them feel secure.
Tinder ID Verification voluntary unless mandated by local laws
However, representatives from the company also acknowledge that some users may not wish to reveal their identities online. Following that, the ID verification procedure will be kept voluntary at first, unless local law requires it.
Meanwhile, Tracey Breeden, vice president of safety and social advocacy at Tinder parent company Match Group, maintains it also needs to be acknowledged that in many parts of the world and within traditionally marginalized communities, people might have compelling reasons why they can’t or don’t want to share their real-world identity with an online platform.
Creating a genuinely fair solution for ID Verification is a hard, but essential safety issue, Tracey said as per The Verge. She appealed to all the communities on Tinder as well as experts for guidance.
Pertinently, this isn’t the first time the dating app has considered adding safety measures to the online dating platform. In fact, it launched a photo verification system, that displays a blue check next to users’ dating profiles, last year in the same direction to make things more trustworthy.