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Tinder and OkCupid Could Soon Let You Background Check Your Date — for a Price


March 18th By Brian Edwards and Elizabeth Naismith Picciani, Columbia Journalism Investigations

When dating app behemoth Match Group announced on Monday a “seven-figure” investment in a startup called Garbo, which aspires to help app users conduct background checks on prospective dates, it was the fourth significant safety initiative the company had announced since the start of last year. The company had previously hired a new head of safety from Uber, announced a review of its practices relating to sexual assault response and invested in another startup, Noonlight, which provides tools such as a phone-based panic button that can alert law enforcement if a user feels threatened.

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