Tinder has launched a new set of safety-related features for dates, including a panic button and check-in function.
CNN Business reports that U.S. swipers will be able to start using these free, in-app features next Tuesday via a new section dubbed the "Safety Center." These changes come on the heels of Tinder's investment in the safety platform Noonlight, which users will have to download as a separate app and enable location services for in order to use the new tools.
The panic button gives users the ability to directly and discreetly alert the authorities during a date via the Noonlight app. If the panic button is pressed, the user will be sent a text which, if left unanswered, will trigger the sending of a code and a call. If no one picks up, then emergency services will be sent.
Meanwhile, the check-in function will allow people to let their friends know where they are. Ahead of the date, users will able to enter their location and other related information in a shareable "Tinder Timeline" function.
According to the publication, Match — which owns Tinder — will also be putting these add-ons via their other dating app properties, including OkCupid, Hinge, and Match.com.
Not only that, but Tinder also announced that in addition to these safety add-ons, they will also be working on a new AI photo verification function that's meant to be an anti-catfishing tool.
Per the publication, verified profiles will receive a checkmark after a user submits pictures in certain poses, which will then be compared to previously uploaded photos. The function will reportedly be widely available later this year.