FORBES - July 15 - A Pew Research survey (2020) reported 46% of Americans viewed online dating sites as unsafe. The top problem areas were: People lying and misrepresenting, spam, illicit behavior, and sexually explicit messages.
New research conducted by RealMe, an online reputation platform dedicated to cultivating safety and trust, and Global Dating Insights, suggests industry executives are equally concerned. 63% of dating app insiders believe the risk of scams and fraud in online dating is increasing and half admitted they could be doing more to protect users.
Match announced it was adding more robust background checks to Tinder. The Meet Group added AI-powered face verification badges to profiles and implemented iOS device checks to prevent bad actors from returning.
And, White Label Dating's network of 4,000 dating sites will be integrating RealMe this year, giving millions of daters access to an extensive database of over 275 million reputation profiles containing criminal records, sex offender status, and more.
"This survey confirms the risk of scams, harassment, and harm on dating apps is growing and both industry insiders and consumers are aware of the need for change," says dating expert Charley Lester. "RealMe is able to answer this call for improved safety and security and more by allowing dating app users to verify identities and gain visibility into important background information surrounding the people they meet online. Additionally, RealMe's platform touts several truly progressive enhancements designed to empower more people to take control of their online reputation