Tinder wants to protect users from dates that become unsafe by adding new safety features, including a panic button that notifies authorities if something goes wrong on a date. The dating app has also added the option for checking-in, to tell friends where the daters are.
Tinder’s U.S. users will get the free tools next Tuesday and Match, which owns Tinder, will be rolling them out to its other dating services, including OKCupid, Hinge, and Match.com, later this year. The features are through Noonlight, a safety platform, and users will need to download it to use them.
If someone feels unsafe on a date, they open the Noonlight app and press a button that contacts Noonlight dispatchers. They’ll send a text, so the user doesn’t have to talk to get help, and if that’s unanswered, Noonlight will send a code and call them. If they don’t answer, Noonlight will send emergency services. The idea is to let users get help without making their date suspicious, so everyone stays safe.