Match.com Introduces ‘Date Check-In’ Safety Feature

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  • Tuesday, March 17 2020 @ 02:03 pm
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Match.com's New Date Check-In Feature
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Dating apps are getting serious about user safety. Following last month’s announcement that new safety features are coming to Tinder, another major dating platform owned by Match Group is adding safety features of its own. Match.com’s latest release is Date Check-In, a communication tool that allows users to keep selected friends and family members informed while they’re on a date.

Going on a date with someone you met online can be intimidating — not just because any first date comes with its fair share of nerves, but also because of the potential to wind up entangled with a con artist, creep or other unsavory character. With Date Check-In, Match users can easily send out an SOS if they feel unsafe. The feature lets users designate three emergency contacts who will receive an automated notification in case of emergency.

To get started, select the Date Check-In icon located in the upper right corner of each Match conversation. Opt in and add up to three names and phone numbers of trusted contacts. If they agree to participate, they will receive automatic updates via text message each time you schedule a date. The initial message includes the day, time and location of the date, as well as the name of the match you’ll be meeting. You’ll receive a text during your date to check on how things are going. If all is well, ignore the message. If you feel uncomfortable, reply YES and Date Check-In will instantly notify your chosen contacts.

Match.com stresses that users should call 911 if they believe they are in immediate danger or need emergency assistance. Date Check-In is not a substitute for professional emergency services, but provided a situation is more odd or uncomfortable than outright threatening, Date Check-In could be a useful means of escape.

Tinder launched a similar feature last month. Together with the safety company Noonlight, Tinder built a “panic button” into the app that helps users discreetly alert emergency services if they feel they are under threat or are in need of assistance. Noonlight dispatchers first respond with a text so the user does not have to vocally ask for help. If the text is unanswered, Noonlight will send a code and attempt to call them. If there is still no answer, Noonlight will dispatch emergency services. Both of these new safety features aim to help users get assistance without arousing suspicion from their date.

Date Check-In is currently only available on Match.com. If its initial launch goes well, the feature could soon expand to OkCupid, Hinge, Meetic, Plenty of Fish and other platforms in Match Group’s portfolio.

To find out more about Date Check-in, you can read Match's Heartbeat blog. To find out more about this dating service you can read our Match.com review.