Dating App Dangers

Alfonso Fernandez, reporter

Match Group, a dating app company that owns over 45 of the nation’s most popular dating sites, and Noonlight, a safety company specializing in the safety of users on and offline, added on Jan. 28 a panic button to Tinder which users can press if they feel scared during a date. The panic button will cause a dispatcher to check on the user and notify emergency personnel if necessary.

In an investigation done by Columbia Journalism Investigation (CJI) and ProPublica portrayed multiple cases of sexual assaults and rapes conclusively warning users and underage users about the risk of using such apps. Research revealed multiple examples of registered sex offenders using online dating platforms to reoffend. Match Group added the button to combat the recent reports.

Illinois Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., the chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, announced on Jan. 30 an investigation regarding the safety of online dating apps and the recurring dangers among its users. According to ProPublica, Krishnamoorthi sent letters to four major dating app companies – Match Group, Inc., The Meet Group, Inc., New Grindr LLC, and Bumble Trading Inc.- seeking info about concerning reports.

“Our concern about the underage use of dating apps is heightened by reports that many popular free dating apps permit registered sex offenders to use them, while the paid versions of these same apps screen out registered sex offenders,” Krishnamoorthi said. “Protection from sexual predators should not be a luxury confined to paying customers.”