Now, Tinder users will be able to vet their dates with details like their arrest record (yikes) or history of violence. It could be a game-changer, particularly for those looking to find love on the app that require greater confidence in meeting up with people.
Garbo says it collects “public records and reports of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, an other violent crimes,” while its website says it accepts manually submitted “police report(s), order(s) of protection / restraining orders, and other legal documents that report abuse, harassment or other crimes.” That said, the company announced it won’t publicise drug possession charges in order to take an “active stance toward equity,” citing research about the disproportionate percentage of Black people arrested for drug charges compared to white people.
It’s an interesting development in the dating arena, but it’s unlikely that such a feature will come free. Currently, Match is working with Garbo to figure out how to price the item so as still to make it available to most users. Though the tool has yet to go live, it could have a profound impact on the dating scene, particularly when Tinder has been notoriously mute on demanding personal details of its users when it comes to their bios.