World News – CA – Tinder Launches Face-to-Face Video Calls


Posted: 11:46 GMT, October 27, 2020 | Updated: 11:56 am GMT, October 27, 2020

Singles stranded in Britain looking for love on Tinder, one of the world’s most popular dating apps, can now video chat their matches

Tinder announced the deployment of its « Face to Face » feature to its global customers today

To prevent creeps and weirdos from exploiting the feature to berate or harass their matches, video calls are only available when both parties agree

It is designed to be used to complement and stimulate conversation once a spark has been established

Tinder announced the rollout of its « Face to Face » feature today to its users around the world Unlike other apps and video calling platforms, Tinder’s Face To Face feature sees both participants with even distribution of the screen

To prevent creeps and weirdos from exploiting the feature to berate or harass their matches, video calls are only available when both parties agree.It is designed to be used to supplement and stimulate conversation once a report has been established

Tinder has tested the feature in 13 countries, including some US states, France, Australia and Brazil

The company claims to have received positive feedback from users regarding the feature and therefore has decided to roll it out worldwide

Face-to-face dating is nearly impossible in today’s coronavirus-stricken world, leaving singles in a tight spot when it comes to finding a partner

Tinder believes adding video calls to its app can help people who protect themselves, self-isolate, or are in quarantine

However, dating apps are often grounds for abuse, which could be made worse by video calls

For video chat, users are not required to exchange phone numbers and must register to start, with the consent of the two users needed to start a video call

Accordingly, Tinder has taken precautions to ensure that both parties are as protected as possible

For video chat, users are not required to exchange phone numbers and must register to initiate, with the consent of the two users required to start a video call

Once both parties agree, they can simply press a button in the right corner of the screen to get started

A screen will then appear that describes the guidelines that users must agree to, which includes: no nudity, no hate speech and « no activity involving minors »

Once agreed, the video call splits the screen into two equal halves, unlike other video chat tools like FaceTime

After the video call ends, users will also be prompted to answer if they want to make a video call again and can flag someone if they do something inappropriate

Tinder claims to have made 30 billion matches to date, but many of those connections haven’t gone beyond the digital world

New analysis has found that many users do not meet their potential partner in person and the chances of finding someone interested in a long-term relationship are very slim

Researchers found that users need a very large number of matches to have only a few meetings, as only 50% of users have encountered a face-to-face match

Tinder said it will not keep track of calls and moderation will be based on user reports, with disciplinary action being taken on a case-by-case basis.

“We are delighted to share that our Face to Face feature is rolling out to our global community after receiving positive feedback from our members who have had early access,” said Rory Kozoll, Head of Trust and Advocacy. security products at tinder

‘This adds to our growing list of features designed to keep members safe throughout their dating journey, such as photo verification, the safety center and our offensive message detection technology’

The feature comes less than a week after Facebook extended its ‘Dating’ feature to Europe and the UK

Facebook Dating is an opt-in feature that allows users to create a profile separate from their primary Facebook account

The feature allows users to indicate interest in potential matches in the area, send messages and make « virtual meet » video calls

It also includes the Secret Crush tool, which allows users to select up to nine of their existing Facebook friends that they are interested in and compare them if the feelings are reciprocal and both people have a dating profile on application

The service, which launched in the United States in September 2019, is deployed in 32 European countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany

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