Match.com, e Harmony and Sparks Networks (operator of JDate and Christian Mingle) will scan the histories of possible clients for sexual assault, identity theft and violence before allowing them access to their fee-based sites.
As announced by California Attorney General Kamala D.
The sites will now check subscribers against national sex offender registries and actively search for fake profiles.
The rapid abuse reporting systems will give members access to a website, email address and/or phone number to report suspected criminal activity.
By comparison, dating sites have been slow to adopt safety-filtering measures; few dating sites conduct their own background checks on members and only one seeks to verify marital status.
The Internet has become the second most common way to find a partner, the first being introduced through a friend.
An increasing number of single Americans meet their significant other online: 20 million people visit a dating site at least once a month, and it’s estimated that online dating is responsible for 120,000 marriages a year.
With even the most basic type of background check, dating websites can screen out many potentially dangerous members and make online dating safer for the people who use them.
Online dating will hopefully get a little safer now, since three major sites have agreed to background checks for prospective dating clients.