Tinder Plans To Verify Celebs' Accounts Because Stars Need Love Too, Dammit
What if you got matched with a celebrity on Tinder but thought it was from a fake account when in fact it was actually real? You could've sparked romances with the likes of Lindsay Lohan or Jamie Kennedy (who are rumored to use the mobile dating app) had not you rejected them!
In an effort to address this um... major problem, the spicy dating service will soon start verifying Tinder accounts for famous folks just like Twitter does, Tinder's CEO Sean Rad tells the Hollywood Reporter. Rad says celebrities (who, remember, need love too) oftentimes get rejected by others on the app because people think the person on the other side is using a fake account. Also, since Tinder is accessed through Facebook profiles and stars sometimes use pseudonyms for those accounts, this verification process will have them side-step that issue. Stars can still sign up for Tinder with their Facebook profiles but they get to change their names later.
When you use the app and encounter a person's profile, you can swipe right on your phone to accept them and swipe left to reject them. The two users are only able to chat with each other when both parties have accepted each other.
"Tinder gives them the control to filter through the noise and communicate with people they want to know," Tinder chief marketing officer Justin Mateen told the Hollywood Reporter.
However, we have to wonder if there's more to this. Maybe Tinder users got a little miffed when the company started matching folks up with fictitious characters from Fox's The Mindy Project as part of a marketing ploy.
Regardless, maybe think twice before you swipe left on the app when you encounter a verified Lohan. Love is in the air.