DALLAS (WBTW) – Online dating platform Tinder will soon allow people to background check their dates – and in most cases, no last name will be required, according to a press release from Match Group, the parent company of the platform.
The company has made a “significant” contribution to Garbo, which provides historical information on violence and abuse, the company said. Garbo is a nonprofit background check platform founded by women.
Garbo collects public records and reports of violence and abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes and makes them available at low cost. The company did not say if there would be a cost to users or if that would be built into the price of the subscription.
Drug-related arrests and traffic violations are not collected. Garbo cites the disproportionate effect on marginalized groups for not including this information.
Garbo says no last name is required for background checks in most cases. Users can access it with just a first name and phone number.
“Before Garbo, attackers could hide behind expensive and hard-to-find public records and reports of their violence; now it’s much more difficult, ”said Kathryn Kosmides, CEO and founder of Garbo. “Being able to reach historically underserved populations is fundamental to Garbo’s mission and partnering with Match will help us connect these communities. ”
Garbo’s platform will be available on Tinder in the US later this year, but no specific timeline has been given.