Match Group invested in the non-profit background check platform Garbo to let its users do a background check on violence and abuse so they can make more informed decisions when using their dating apps. The technology will first be available to Tinder users in the U.S.
Garbo provides background checks by collecting public records and reports of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes, for a “low cost” as the companies stated in an announcement.
“Before Garbo, abusers were able to hide behind expensive, hard-to-find public records and reports of their violence; now that’s much harder,” said Kathryn Kosmides, founder and CEO of Garbo. “Being able to reach historically underserved populations is fundamental to Garbo’s mission and the partnership with Match will help us connect with these communities.”
Garbo team is aware that there is inequity in the experiences of people of color in the criminal legal system and across society, so they work with racial equity and gender justice groups. That’s why they exclude arrests related to drug possession and traffic violations, which have a disproportionate impact on marginalized groups.
The news comes after a Match Group investor sued current and former board members for the company’s failure to keep predators off its platforms, like Tinder, leading to assaults. The case also claims that moderators refused to delete fake accounts and used them to “knowingly capitalize on fraud”.
Match Group will start testing the technology in the coming months, expecting the test to finalize later this year. If the tests show good results, other dating platforms from Match Group portfolio, like Match, OkCupid, Hinge, PlentyofFish, etc., will follow.