Badoo Adds “Selfie Request” to Improve Safety for Female Daters

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Popular online dating service Badoo has announced the release of its latest feature “Selfie Request,” which aims to provide more security for female daters using the service.

The new selfie feature allows women to request a photo from a male user after they have received an initial message, so that they can confirm their potential match is genuine and using a real photo. From there, a male user can either send the requested selfie or decline. (The selfie is taken on the spot to confirm the match is genuine.)

Selfie Request is positioned to help the ongoing problem of catfishing in online dating, where users hide their identity behind fake profiles and photos in order to exploit other users. According to Pew Research Center, 54 percent of online daters have felt that someone misrepresented themselves on their profile. This new feature update from Badoo is intended to help avoid this recurring problem by addressing the online safety of females, who are largely the targets of catfishing as well as the main recipients of unwanted and harassing messages.

Badoo has one of the largest networks of daters in the industry, if not the largest, because of its worldwide growth. According to the company, more than 400,000 people sign up for Badoo each day, with users spending an average of 1.8 hours daily on the platform for a total of over 12 billion swipes per day. Because of the growing concerns about online dating safety for women, their needs have been a key issue as its user base expands further.

“We’ve spoken to many women to find out what they really want from a dating platform and the two things that repeatedly surface as top priorities are safety and efficiency. Features such as photo verification, social accounts and now selfie request, only help eradicate these issues,” says Badoo spokesperson and dating expert Joey Hadfield.

This is not the first step Badoo has taken to address these issues. The company released a photo verification feature in April of this year, which has over 100,000 users verifying their profiles every day. Badoo has also introduced the option for users to request and share verified social media accounts within the platform, giving females more control of privacy concerns.

“Having these safety features, especially the new addition of selfie requests, means I can have more faith and trust in who I’m speaking to online. Badoo gives me a greater level of comfort in knowing that the person I’m talking to is really the person in the picture,” says lifestyle blogger and Badoo user Duda Castro.

The new feature is available in the service’s latest update. For more information on this service please read our Badoo review.