Tinder Adds ‘Panic Button’ for Emergency Response in the US

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Tinder on Thursday announced that the US users would soon have a “panic button” to alert authorities to potentially dangerous situations as part of a stepped-up safety initiative by the popular dating app. This new feature on the Tinder app has been announced by the company will allow users to opt into the personal safety app Noonlight, which connects users to personal emergency services.

This new safety feature “acts as a silent bodyguard in situations when you’re alone or meeting someone for the first time,” said Brittany LeComte, co-founder of Noonlight.

Tinder is also adding photo verification, to compare using artificial intelligence a posed photo taken in real-time to profile photos. Those who get verified by the verification process will get a batch on their profile that resembles that person to be authentic. The photo feature is being tested “in select markets” and will be widely available later this year.

Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps that allow users to choose or reject their date by simply swiping left and right. To help allay concerns on personal risks, Tinder said it is launching a safety center within the app to keep users informed of its resources.

This feature is being launched in the United States, Britain, France, and Germany and will be “localized” for additional markets throughout the year. A Tinder spokesperson said the feature would roll out in the coming days in the United States and connect users to “trained dispatchers who contact authorities on behalf of the user.”

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