Tinder rolling out background checks isn’t a response to Simon Leviev‘s alleged handiwork — detailed in “Tinder Swindler” — but if it prevents similar cases from happening, the app will be thrilled.
Tinder just announced this week it will require the new background checks for users, but we’re told the program has been in the works for some time. A spokesperson for Match Group — owners of Tinder, Match.com and Plenty of Fish — tells TMZ … the criminal background check feature was something users have been demanding for a while.
They say the company teamed up with non-profit organization Garbo back in 2020 to create a system that works for all users. The rep points out this partnership started well before the doc debuted this year on Netflix.
The process brings up offenses that are relevant to safety, and that includes financial crimes. They tell us it’s a great way for women to get a deeper look into their matches. And, while they didn’t create the system for him, they say someone like Simon would be flagged instantly.
As you know, ‘Swindler’ was all about Simon and some of his alleged victims, who claim he tricked them out of more than $10 million after meeting them on the dating app … and then ghosted them once he got what he wanted.
Since the doc dropped, Simon’s had quite the ride … he got banned from most dating apps, allegedly earned $30K on Cameo, and got a criminal court complaint filed against him from the wealthy family to which he claimed to belong.
The Match Group’s rep says although Simon has been permanently banned, he wasn’t someone they’d discussed internally before the documentary.