Life

Celebs, athletes to get verified Tinder profiles

By Adam Swimmer, Postmedia Network

An example of a verified profile on Twitter. (Supplied)

An example of a verified profile on Twitter. (Supplied)

You know how it is... You're on Tinder looking for your latest one-night-stand and come across of picture of Katy Perry or Chris Pine on the app. And you think, "Wow, it would be great to hook up with them, but are those profiles legit, or are they just scammers using photos from the stars' Wikipedia pages?" You'll now know for sure, as Tinder has introduced verified profiles.

"Starting today, you may see a verified symbol on some profiles," the company announced in a blog post Tuesday. "Now when notable public figures, celebrities and athletes appear in your recommendations, you’ll know it’s for real."

Much like similar profiles on Twitter and Facebook, verified profiles will feature a blue checkmark next to the user's name. Tinder's vice-president of global communications Rosette Pambakian told Mashable the profiles will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Tinder accounts are tied to a users' Facebook profiles. This made it impossible for celebrities to use their real names on Tinder if they used fake ones on Facebook to protect their privacy.

But now verified accounts will allow these public figures to use their real names on Tinder while keeping their fake Facebook names intact. And, of course, other users will know if they're really flirting with the celebrities.

Now if I can just get Britney Spears to swipe right.

Reader's comments »

By adding a comment on the site, you accept our terms and conditions