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Can you conduct background checks on Tinder matches?

Answer: You can now.

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The online dating platform Tinder is looking to make its services safer for users by giving them the option to conduct background checks on their matches. Starting Wednesday, users will be able to do two free background checks on anyone they match with. After that, it will cost $2.50 plus a small processing fee per check.

This is made possible thanks to Tinder’s integration with Garbo, purchased by the former’s parent company Match Group last year. Garbo is a nonprofit through which anyone can conduct background checks. Tinder users will be able to access Garbo’s services inside the Tinder app and find “public information about violent or harmful behavior, including arrests, convictions, and sex offender registry records” on their matches.

“Garbo's thoughtful and innovative consumer background checks will drive the industry forward while empowering people with critical information to help inform personal safety choices,” said Tracey Breeden, Match Group’s head of safety and social advocacy. Match Group also announced that it intends to bring the same services to its other dating apps, including OkCupid and Match, in the near future.