Tinder adds panic button, other safety features to app

Posted at 7:40 AM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 08:40:52-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Another app is making safety a priority for users. Now, Tinder has added a new panic button feature to alert authorities if something goes wrong. This comes as Metro police are seeing an uptick in crimes associated with social media.

This feature can be found in a new section of the app call the Safety Center. Tinder has also added the ability to check-in, telling friends where the daters are. To use the new Safety Center tools, users will have to also download the Noonlight app and enable location-tracking. Then users have to enter information about their date, such as location, into a new "Tinder Timeline" tool that can be shared with friends.

If the user feels unsafe, they will have to open the Noonlight app and press a button.The app will send them a text so they don't have to talk to get help. If that text goes unanswered, Noonlight will send a code and call them.

If there's still no answer, Noonlight will dispatch emergency services.

Match, the dating conglomerate that owns Tinder, will roll out the new tools on OkCupid, Hinge and the flagship ‪‬ later this year.