While on Twitter and Facebook, verification lets people know that someone is who they say they are, on Tinder the promise of verification taps into users’ desire to eliminate the safety concerns that come with online dating.

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The potential for predatory comments or bullying of broadcasters is a concern, as is the possibility of viewing inappropriate content, even though the message shown when logging on to each broadcast reminds users to report any violent or sexual content.

During the review period, profanity and racial slurs were commonplace, some users were scantily clad, one 13-year-old was asked sexually charged questions, and one broadcast showed someone preparing marijuana.

These fake verification sites collect users’ personal information and payment card details, and proceed to sign up victims for subscription-based memberships to adult video and webcam sites that total nearly $120 per month in fees.

Verification is a much-desired feature on many social media services today.

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Adding to the confusion with regard to the Tinder bots, is the fact that Tinder, too, offers a verification process of its own.