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Tinder launches catfish feature
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Tinder launches its ‘selfie challenge’ to finally stop catfishing

If you pass the test, you’ll get a verified blue check mark

Tinder has expanded the reach of its recently-launched feature which intends to stop users from passing off other people’s photos as their own – AKA catfishing.

The dating app has made the real-time selfie challenge, which asks users to take a series of selfies in specific poses, available in the UK. The feature – which was previously only available in the US – uses “human-assisted AI technology” to see if the selfies match the photos on your profile.

Luckily, the pics you take in real-time won’t be uploaded to your profile, but, if the photos match up, you will get a blue tick proving you’re not a catfish.

“Everyday, millions of our members trust us to introduce them to new people,” Tinder’s CEO Elie Seidman said in a statement, “and we’re dedicated to building innovative safety features powered by best-in-class technology that meet the needs of today’s daters. I’m proud to share this update, which represents an important step in driving our safety work forward.”

Tinder initially announced the feature in January, along with the introduction of a panic button, which provides users in the US with a “silent bodyguard”. The app partnered with personal safety app Noonlight – which connects to a user’s devices and sends help when it detects, or is alerted to danger – to enable users who feel unsafe to “easily and discreetly” trigger an emergency services call through the app.