The popular hookup app Tinder updated its security features to include a panic button designed to alert authorities if a date goes terribly wrong.
The dating platform also added location tracking and photo verification. The new functions allow users to save details about the person they are meeting and where the date is taking place.
Meanwhile, the photo verification feature is designed to rootout “catfishing” – the creation of fake identities online for the purpose of targeting a specific individual for abuse. Profile pictures will be checked by human-assisted Artificial Intelligence, and users will be asked to take real-time selfies.
The newly announced features come on the heels of several sexual assault cases involving online dating and criticism directed at dating companies for not doing enough to protect users.
Tinder’s parent company Match Group responded by teaming up with Noonlight, which combines public safety with IT. Noonlight is providing the online emergency response services and personal safety products to Tinder.
Match Group, which also owns PlentyOfFish, Meetic and OkCupid, is planning to introduce the panic button on all of its platforms later this year.