If you find dating to be a scary proposition, you’re not alone. On Thursday, Tinder announced that it will be adding a panic button to its app, allowing users to signal for help if a date starts to feel dangerous.
“You should run a dating business as if you are a mom. I think a lot about safety, especially on our platforms, and what we can do to curtail bad behavior,” says Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Tinder’s parent company. “There are a lot of things we tell users to do. But if we can provide tools on top of that, we should do that as well.” The Wall Street Journal notes that the free feature will let users “receive check-ins to make sure they feel safe and even summon authorities to their location.”
It’s expected to officially debut in the U.S. at the end of January.
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