Tinder beefs up its photo verification system with video, specifically asking members to take a series of video selfies to prove they really are the real person they claim to be and not just another AI hunting dog. The new feature, announced today, is rolling out globally as the new method to verify your account — and will be required to complete the coveted verified blue check mark (no, a billionaire won’t just give it to you).
The new Tinder process for verifying yourself with a video selfie involves recording a video of yourself on the app using your smartphone’s front camera to make sure you’re a person. It sounds similar to other modern digital verifications, including Apple’s 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 rising numbers of romance scams across multiple platforms, including unfortunate stories of car thefts and even crypto snatchers.
Being verified on Tinder also gives you the option to only interact with members who are also verified – an elite circle known as “Photo Verified Cuties”. Those who have already been verified may not be a cutie with grandfather for long, as Tinder plans to ask all members to re-verify with video selfie “in the coming months,” according to a press release.