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Tinder is adding a panic button and other safety features to the dating app. The new functions will include emergency assistance, location tracking, and photo verification. Tinder will offer the features first in the US from 28 January, but didn't say when they will be available globally.

Parent company Match Group - which also owns PlentyOfFish, OkCupid and Hinge - aims to roll out the features on its other dating platforms later this year. Match Group said it had invested in Noonlight, which provides the online emergency response services and personal safety products that Tinder will use.

Noonlight's technology will enable users to alert emergency services and transmit highly accurate location data.

Before meeting someone, users will be able to save information about the person and when the date is taking place. If they then hit the panic button emergency services will be alerted with the details, along with accurate location data.

The app's new photo verification feature will help users avoid so-called "catfishing", when someone uses a fake identity online. It will employ human-assisted Artificial Intelligence AI to check that profile pictures ed to app, with users asked to verify their identity by taking several real-time selfies. Match Group chief executive Mandy Ginsberg said it will be the first dating company to invest in an emergency response service.

Match Group did not say how much it had invested in Noonlight. Dating companies and other online platforms, have been criticised for not doing enough to protect their users.

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