- Tinder to add video call features in the times of COVID-19
- As on now, Bumble is the only app to have a video calling feature
Tinder, a well renowned online Dating application, is making dating happen a lot easier during the time of Coronavirus. On Tuesday, the company announced that it will, very soon, add a video dating feature to its app.
As of now, Bumble is the only dating application which has an in-app video call feature.
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Match Group, the paren’t company of Tinder, also owns other dating applications like OKcupid, and Hinge, but Tinder will be the only app which will get this feature.
However, one one hand it will become easier for people to date even when the lockdown will be in place but looking on the other hand it will be difficult to filter out the abusive profiles this way. The users of Tinder could be subjected to harassment and abuse over video calls and the company is yet to reveal its plans for dealing with such scenarios.
Most likely, the company would come up with its very own image detection system or could even hire third-party platforms to build a system for them.
Chief Executive Officer of Match Group, Shar Dubey, wrote, “As daters demonstrated a strong willingness to video-date, our product and engineering teams around the world mobilized quickly to deploy one-to-one video chat capabilities on many of our platforms,” in the letter to shareholders.
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Earlier, Hinge, another dating application owned by Match Group announced an addition of a new feature which will be called Date From Home, this will allow the users to video call easily. A “Date From Home” button will appear at the end of the chat window along with a send a message option.
When a user top on the “Date From Home” option, the app will confirm whether you want to call or video call the person you are chatting with. If you then tap on the “Ready” button the app will ask the other person to confirm. Only if both the participants agree the chat will begin.
The COVID-19 has crippled the world and brought it down on its knees however, people have still not lost its hopes in online dating. It has become a popular way of saving potential matches from an in-person date. People are still very active in dating applications and are open to video date. This is backed by the data shared by Match Group which claims that 70% users on Hinge are open to video dating and 94% of OKcupid users are open to date virtually.