Sex & Dating, Tech

Tinder allowing users to run background checks on matches

Safety first.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Mar 28, 2022

Tinder matches can now be subjected to a background check.  Tinder’s new feature makes it easier for users to be safe while on a date. Tinder is a good way to meet new people. However, because it puts strangers together, some of whom may be dangerous or abusive, it can be unsafe. Tinder is allowing users to perform a criminal background check on a match using Garbo to improve safety on the app.



Garbo is a non-profit online platform that analyzes public records for information about violent or destructive behavior, arrests, convictions, and sex offenses in the United States, when such information is available. It also contains data on arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) and vehicular manslaughter.


Because drug possession, loitering, and minor traffic crimes disproportionately affect Black people, Garbo does not disclose this information. It also doesn’t return information on financial crimes that occurred more than 7 years ago, as well as homicides and robberies that occurred more than 14 years ago. In order to avoid harassment, Garbo does not offer personal information, such as home addresses or phone numbers.


“Garbo” is slang for garbage or a nasty person, according to the Urban Dictionary.


What does Tinder’s background check entail? 

Tap the blue shield from anywhere in the app to go to Tinder’s Safety Center, where you’ll find a Garbo article. It will take you to the webpage of Garbo if you tap on it.


Once you’ve signed up for Garbo, you’ll be given a form to fill out with basic information about your match (their first name and phone number are usually enough). If Garbo is unable to locate relevant information about a match, it will ask you for additional information, such as their age.


On Garbo, each background check is $2.50, plus a minor transaction fee. Tinder users are entitled to two free background checks with Tinder covering the costs. Every check is kept private.


This feature will be rolled out to Tinder’s sister applications from its parent firm, Match Group, in the following months. Match, Hinge, Meetic, OkCupid, Pairs, PlentyOfFish, OurTime, and Azar are just a few of the apps available.


Precautions should be taken at all times. Although this background check option is helpful, you should be aware that certain background checks will produce no results, regardless of how much information you provide about a match. Because not all abusers have a criminal record, a lack of information does not guarantee that a match is completely safe.


As a result, keep a level head at all times, trust your instincts, and follow Tinder’s safety guidelines before embarking on a physical date with strangers.


Now find out if Tinder’s new “Blind Date” feature is all it’s cracked up to be.


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