The data is coming first to Tinder, but will probably be in other Match Group apps as well.
The owner of massive dating apps Tinder and Match has just announced a new partnership to help keep its users safe. Match Group, which owns Tinder, Match, OK Cupid, Hinge and several other services, has made an investment in Garbo, a non-profit, female-founded background check platform. As part of the deal, Garbo’s platform will be available to people using Match Group apps, starting with Tinder later this year.
If you’re not familiar with Garbo, it was founded by Kathryn Kosmides, a “survivor of gender-based violence” who wanted to make it easier to find information about people you may connect with online. Garbo’s platform aggregates numerous data sources to provide details on an individual, including “arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes.” The organization’s site says that often times, you don’t even need a last time to find some details on an individual — a first name and phone number will work.