Love & Relationships

You Have To Take A Selfie If You Want To Use This Dating App

Selfies hold the key to stop dating identity scams.

If you’ve ever gone swiping through dating apps, you’ve probably noticed that some of those sexy singles seem too good to be true. That’s because they are.

According to a report in Venture Beat, about 1 in 10 online dating profiles are fake, as in total scams. A sexy person will lure you into talking to them, and then all of a sudden they need cash wired. Yikes -- that's way worse than claiming you're taller than you are, or pretending you're in an NGO to get laid.

Considering that rarely I actually attempt to meet up with anyone, it doesn’t really matter to me -- but lots of people have been complaining about the fake-outs. My solution would be to swipe right more often and you’ll be less likely to only choose the hottest person in ten, who also happens to be a robot.

Luckily, I’m not in charge of anything.

NY Mag reports that starting this week dating app Bumble will be implementing a new verification method for users. Bumble is interesting, because only women can contact men. This definitely cuts down on the number of random eggplant emojis you get sent, but the bots were still getting in there. The solution? Selfies!

Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe says the new procedure will help “encourage online accountability.”

New users will be asked to pose in a specific way and take a selfie. Nothing gross, unless you think giving the peace sign in a selfie is gross. Then, a moderator will look at the pic, see if it matches your other photos, and verify you. Or not. 

Don’t worry, it won’t become your new profile pic. Wolfe says, “The whole process is completely private between you and the moderator… Your photo will never be posted publicly and won’t be stored.”

Good. I hate selfie profile pics. I want my future date to know I’ve met at least one other person willing to take a picture of me.


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