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Tinder now offers criminal background checks, but there’s a big problem

Experts say that, while intended to increase safety, the tool lacks nuance and risks amplifying biases in the criminal justice system

As of this week, Tinder users will be able to run criminal background checks on their potential dates. The feature – launched in partnership with Garbo, a background check provider that aims to make public safety information more accessible – is intended to make Tinder users feel safer.

But experts who specialize in sexual violence and surveillance have said the move is misguided, and risks amplifying the biases inherent in the criminal justice system.

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