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Tinder adds a Safety Centre on the app for Indian users

Dating apps, like Tinder, are also a haven for scammers and fraudsters, along with being potential sites for trauma, harassment, and abuse. Dating apps, like Tinder, are also a haven for scammers and fraudsters, along with being potential sites for trauma, harassment, and abuse.
Dating apps, like Tinder, are also a haven for scammers and fraudsters, along with being potential sites for trauma, harassment, and abuse. (Unsplash)

The new Tinder Safety Centre will give users an easy access to tools meant for well-being while using the app.

Tinder had added a new Safety Centre on the app for its Indian users. This new feature is essentially easy access to tools meant for well-being while using the dating app. Instead of Tinder having to look around the app for these well-being tools, they have all been consolidated into one tab. As Tinder states, the Safety Centre centralises safety tips for dating within the app and will also offer resources in partnership with local NGOs relevant to the well-being of its members.

"Every day, millions of our members trust us to introduce them to new people, and we're committed to building safety features that meet the needs of today's online dating communities," Bernadette Morgan, Director, Trust & Safety Product at Tinder, said in a statement. "I am proud to announce the availability of this feature in India. For us, it represents an important step in driving our safety work forward at an unmatched scale in the market," Morgan added.

The Safety Centre on Tinder is going to be an evolving section and will constantly be reviewed and updated as and when needed. Topics under the Safety Centre on Tinder include, and is not limited to, the latest guidance for safe dating and access to educational resources, a list of local NGOs and hotlines offering support like the National Commission for Women, Pink Legal, Umang LBT Support Group, One Future Collective, and The Humsafar Trust.

The main goal for each local Safety Centre is to centralise safety-related resources and provide users options for support that can connect them to the right resources and relevant experts. The new Safety Centre is going to be available in Tinder’s main menu and also while the app’s members chat with potential matches.

Thanks to Covid-19-induced lockdowns, online dating apps have witnessed a spark again with users having to resort to virtual means to meet new people and strike up conversations. While dating apps present ample options, they are also a haven for scammers, fraudsters, etc, along with being potential sites for trauma, harassment, and abuse. While on one hand users need to very cautious about who they share what sort of information with, it is also very important to have resources at hand to be able to remedy at least some of the issues.

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