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Tinder is taking another step to help expose red flags about potential dates. Tinder users will now see a background check tool in the popular dating app’s Safety Center. For a small fee, users can conduct background checks through an agency that searches public arrest records, convictions, and sex offender registries across the country.

But, experts also caution that this isn’t necessarily a “catch-all”. Research has shown that sexual crimes are often not reported to authorities. So, it’s important to realize that whoever you talk to online has the potential to be very dangerous to you without you knowing immediately. So, a few tips I follow when I online date are:

  • Always set up first meetups in a public, fairly busy place
  • Never give out your exact address, financial information, or anything specific about your identity that could lead someone to find you and steal your identity or money
  • Screen people before you even meet up with them by asking specific questions that could reveal how they’ve treated partners before or possible problematic behaviors (ie: what are some ways you’ve grown from your past relationship? how do you feel about this cause I care about deeply?)

Would you use a background checking system on a dating app? Do you have a dating disaster story from meeting someone through Tinder (or other apps)?

Source: The Verge

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