Tinder Just Added a Panic Button to Save Users Who Find Themselves on a Dangerous Date

It’s ideal for when you’re literally having a date from hell. Like Jeffrey Dahmer level. Tindrs’ new panic button is here to save you.

The New York Post reports: The popular hookup app says it’s adding a panic button to help protect users from frightening situations by keeping tabs on their meetings times and locations as they go about their dates — and summoning the authorities if called. The new opt-in feature will be offered through a partnership with safety app Noonlight and will be free to use, the company said on Thursday. Match Group, which owns Tinder, will not have access to any location information gathered by Noonlight. When a date is scheduled, the user will be able to share details about the meetup with Noonlight, who will to track the user’s location in real-time using their phone’s GPS. If a user triggers the panic button, they will receive a text from Noonlight prompting them to enter a code. If they don’t enter the code, they receive a call confirming they need assistance. If they confirm that they need help, or if they don’t pick up, Noonlight summons authorities to the user’s location.”

The panic button comes after a British man was convicted in November of strangling a backpacker he met on Tinder and then dumping her body in the woods — but not before taking trophy pics of the corpse, prosecutors said.

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