Obviously, without a confirmation of identity, anyone can pretend to be another person, uploading photos that are not their own and using fake names. This deceptive activity has a specific name, namely catfishing, and those who practice it are called catfish, translated “catfish”.
This term was coined in the United States and is based on the metaphor of the big fish eating the small fish, that is a user (the catfish) who tries to devour – in this case deceive or cheat – other users. People who suffer catfishing can be tricked by a fake profile, or be robbed of their identity, which is replicated to generate this kind of scam.
Catfishing is practiced on social networks and especially on online dating sites and applications, such as Tinder. The easiest prey of catfish, in fact, seems to be people looking for new friends or a love meeting.
What is the main purpose of these scammers? Generally having money sent by the people they chat with, or blackmailing them after receiving racy photos of the victims, in the most serious cases physically and sexually assaulting them once they have a meeting.
Precisely to avoid this type of crime, which is obviously illegal, Tinder has recently implemented the Noonlight technology in its application, which is a system based on an extremely precise geolocation service, which allows users to send a request for help in real-time. in case of emergency situations.
Furthermore, before meeting their known suitor through the application, the user can save all information relating to this person as well as the place and time of the appointment. This is to facilitate the intervention of the police in an emergency.
This update is currently only available in the US, we still don’t know when it will be rolled out globally, but we hope it will happen very soon.
In general, the Match group – which in addition to Tinder also owns PlentyOfFish, OkCupid and Hinge – aims to introduce this “emergency button” in all its dating platforms by the end of 2020.
Absolutely not! The point is not to uninstall these dating apps, but to learn how to use them correctly, without taking them too lightly.
Online dating apps are now part of the daily life of many people and should not be stigmatized. In many cases, however, they have helped those who are more shy and struggle to meet new people offline.
According to the “Safety, Risk and Wellbeing on Dating Apps” study carried out by the University of Sydney and published by the APO – Analysis & Policy Observatory, it appears that “although the users of these applications recognize the risks associated with them, the latter they help increase their self-esteem and feel more self-confident, ”says Professor Kath Albury, lead author of the report.
What developments can we expect in the coming months? Surely the use of these platforms will be increasingly interconnected with the use of other social media such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, in order to ensure users a higher level of security on the subject of identity control.
We all know that Facebook has also launched its own online dating platform, which allows users to share content in real-time or directly from their official profile. And even if the launch of the app in Europe has been canceled for now, it still seems to be a long-term investment.
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