Tinder is beefing up its photo verification system with video, specifically by asking members to take a series of video selfies to prove they’re the real person they claim to be and not just an AI hound dog. The new feature, announced today, is rolling out globally as THE new method to verify your account – and will be required to earn the coveted blue tick checked (no, a billionaire isn’t just going to give it to you).
Tinder’s new process for verifying yourself with a video selfie involves recording a video of yourself in the app using your smartphone’s front camera to make sure you’re a person. It’s similar to other modern digital verifications, including Apple and Google’s state ID process and even other dating apps like Hinge. The latter implemented the video selfie feature last year to combat the skyrocketing romance scams across multiple platforms, which include unfortunate stories of car thefts and even crypto thieves.
Being verified on Tinder will also give you the option to only communicate with members who are also verified – an elite circle known as “Photo Verified Cuties”. Those who are already verified may not remain a grandfathered cutie for long, as Tinder plans to ask all members to reverify with a video selfie “in the coming months,” according to a press release.