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New 'panic button' to be released for dating app Tinder

New 'panic button' to be released for dating app Tinder

Tinder is taking a leaf out of Uber’s book by adding a “panic button” for dates that go wrong.

The dating app is rolling out several new safety features designed to protect users, including the button that alerts authorities when dates take a dangerous turn.

It has also added the ability for users to check-in, thereby alerting friends where they are.

The changes are said to begin next week and can be found in a new section of the app called the Safety Centre.

Users will be required to download safety platform Noonlight which will power Tinder’s new features and enable the app’s location-tracking tools.

Those who find themselves feeling unsafe on a date can the discreetly contact Noonlight dispatchers by pressing a button on the app.

The dispatcher will first send a text which — if unanswered — will be followed by a code and a call.

If there is still no answer Noonlight will dispatch emergency services.

Further safety features in the pipeline is a new photo verification tool requiring Tinder users to submit photos of themselves in certain poses.

User profiles will then receive a check mark if they pass Tinder’s AI technology authenticity tests. Tinder said the tool will become widely available later this year.

While ride-share companies such as Uber and Lyft have responded to calls for better safety measures for their users, Match — the dating conglomerate that owns Tinder — said it’s the first dating company to provide these features.

Match will also roll out the new safety features to its other dating services later this year, including OkCupid, Hinge and Match.com.