Celebrities are just like us — they swipe on Tinder.
So to make sure its users don’t get fooled by fake accounts, Tinder unveiled Verified Accounts on Tuesday as a way to show that a celebrity really is that singer or athlete you’ll never be lucky enough to match with.
Just like on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, Tinder will add a small blue checkmark in the corner of the celebrity’s profile photo so users know it’s a verified account.
It’s not clear if the company has been dealing with incidents of folks impersonating public figures, much to the eventual disappointment of some of its users, but it’s not hard to see why a dating app like Tinder, which has enough users to generate 26 million matches every day, would need this. We only need to turn to MTV show Catfish to see why. In almost every episode of the show, the hosts help a poor regular joe find out that the seemingly wonderful person they’ve been dating online has fabricated their identity, sometimes parading as a small-time celebrity.
And since Tinder requires users to use their Facebook identity in the app, it wouldn’t be surprising to see celebrity impersonators every now and then.