Dating app Tinder has confirmed plans to introduce ID verification for its users around the world.
The firm said it would begin by making the process voluntary, except where mandated by law, and would take into account expert recommendations and what
documents are most appropriate in each country.
It could come into force by the end of the year. Critics of the idea have argued it could leave whistleblowers exposed, particularly in authoritarian states, and restrict access to online
services in countries where ID documents are not commonplace among the entire population.
Tracey Breeden, vice president of safety and social advocacy at Tinder's parent firm, Match Group, said feedback from experts and users would be a vital part of
its approach in helping ease such fears:
We know that in many parts of the world and within traditionally marginalised communities, people might have compelling reasons that they can't or don't want to share their
real-world identity with an online platform, she said.
Creating a truly equitable solution for ID verification is a challenging but critical safety project and we are looking to our communities as well as experts to help inform