Dating and sex
Match Group strongly refuted the report in a statement, saying it's "inaccurate, disingenuous and mischaracterizes Match Group safety policies as well as our conversations with Pro Publica." The company said it spends millions of dollars annually to prevent, monitor and remove "bad actors," including registered sex offenders, from its apps."As technology evolves, we will continue to aggressively deploy new tools to eradicate bad actors, including users of our free products like Tinder, Plenty of Fish and Ok Cupid where we are not able to obtain sufficient and reliable information to make meaningful background checks possible," Match Group said.Consider these strategies when developing new relationships: People’s preferences differ about when to share their cancer experiences.You may think it is too personal to share immediately.And as for going on a date -- always tell someone where you're going and with whom.For me, I've got a group chat of close friends who will text me to make sure I'm OK and check that I got home safe.I've talked with folks who feel Googling a person before going out with them is unfair and deprives someone the opportunity to tell their own story.There's some merit to that argument, but I would counter that safety trumps all else.
Match Group's flagship service, Match.com, does perform background checks.Or you may fear it could deter a potential partner.If so, wait for mutual trust to develop before sharing.Still, daters do tell stories of being harmed by potential partners they met online, and these accounts can be blood-curdling -- a worst-case scenario when you're hopefully flipping through endless photos of smiling people on vacation, hanging out with friends and holding up large, lifeless fish.It's also an unfortunate reminder you can't always rely on your favorite services to have your back.Alternatively, you may feel dishonest or insincere withholding this information.If so, consider sharing before a relationship becomes serious.In the immortal words of rapper Eminem, back to the lab again, yo.As can sometimes be the case when meeting people through dating apps and sites, you don't always know what you're getting into.First, there's no fault to be leveled at anyone who didn't think to check the sex offender registry before grabbing drinks.Second, not everyone with a criminal record deserves a stain forever -- people and the lives they lead are messy and complicated.