The Bumble Dating App Has Begun Authenticating Profiles with Selfies

By: Joey Haar - Sep 26, 2016
References: blog.bumble & engadget
One of the problems that people have encountered most with the rise of dating apps like Tinder and Bumble has been the prominence of catfishes, or people who put together fake profiles with pictures of others that they took from online. Bumble is now offering an antidote to catfish by forcing flagged users to submit selfies.

For Bumble's selfie verification, the app sends users one of 100 random photo poses that it has on file. The user then mimics this pose as closely as possible in a selfie, and sends that selfie back to Bumble. Rather than using some sort of facial recognition, Bumble claims that an actual human will assess each submission for similarity to the photos on the user's account.

Despite this work-intensive process, Bumble estimates wait times of just a few minutes for verification. The process will only be mandatory for flagged accounts, so not every user needs to send a selfie.