Everyone may deserve a chance at love, but do potential paramours have the right to know if the people they meet on Internet dating sites have a criminal past? Earlier this month, a San Antonio man, who is also a convicted murderer, was searching for singles on the online dating site Match. According to the San Antonio Express-News , because the Dallas-based website doesn't conduct background checks on members, Abraham Fortune's history remained under the radar until the paper picked up the news after reporting an unrelated story on Fortune. Once alerted to Fortune's record, Match. But the incident has prompted some in the blogosphere and beyond to wonder:
This new dating app runs a background check on your matches
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Online dating is fun, but it can be terrifying. Worryingly, crime against those on dating apps is on the rise as they increase in popularity. Gatsby, a new swiping-based mobile dating app, uses profile information to search publicly available databases which include criminal records and sex offender registries. The aim is to make you feel safer online, and monthly rescans ensure that no-one slips through the net. The name was inspired by Jay Gatsby, the lead in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby. Other dating sites follow a similar process - eHarmony also scans for sex offenders, and Match has agreed to clamp down on users with a criminal record.
Which Online Dating Sites do Background Checks?
Over the past few years, online dating web sites have exploded in popularity. Not only are sites like Match. These sites essentially allow a person to pre-screen prospective dating partners — by being able to instantly see pictures of and read information about them. Many start with basic searches on Google or Facebook. Some employ the use of religious faith.
Online dating has been around for a while now and is a great way to meet other singles. The issue comes up about online dating and safety. Do we need background checks for online dating? This is an easy yes but trying to do background checks on all members of a dating site and combating fake profiles is tough.