Safety

Tips for Dating Safely

COVID-19 Update: It has NEVER been more important that you follow all government warnings/protocols. If you are under an order to stop all non-essential movement outside the home, please do so. Dating is not essential. There are many ways to date virtually and safely on our apps through Live, NextDate, or 1:1 video.

One meeting per second1 happens on The Meet Group’s apps. Here is what we ask app members to pledge to help keep users safe.

Virus Safety

Our Safer Dating Advisory board of epidemiologists and infectious disease experts has provided these important tips to reduce the risk of contagion while dating.

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Meet Safely

Always meet in a public place if choosing to meet in person. Make sure someone you trust knows where you will be and when. Always arrange your own transportation. Avoid drugs and alcohol. If you get an unsafe vibe, trust your gut. Use the URSafe app to stay connected to help in an emergency.

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Don’t Share Personal Info

Never share personal information, such as your social security number, home address, or details about your daily routine.

Don’t Send Money

Never send money, even if the person claims to be in an emergency. If another member asks you for money, report it to us immediately.

1Meeting per second based on user survey data.

Our Commitment to Safety

Social Safety

The Meet Group is committed to leading in mobile and online safety. Nothing is more important to us than protecting the safety of our members. We have committed ourselves to high standards, adopted industry-leading practices, and vowed to constantly improve with the best-in-class safety updates for the app.

Learn more about our safety measures.

The Meet Group has implemented industry-first safety practices and product enhancements:

  • Launched the most prominent Report Abuse button seen in any major livestreaming app
  • Shared full-screen reminders of content standards to streamers before they go live
  • Increased moderation staffing to 52% of global workforce
  • Joined the board of the Online Dating Association to support industry safety and best practices
  • Participated in an Online Safety panel with top social app companies and industry experts in safety and online standards
  • Announced and enforced a transparent Content and Conduct Policy

Safety News and Updates

Setting the Standard for Authenticity

Setting the Standard for Authenticity

The Meet Group has begun a phased rollout of the first completely AI-powered face verification badge used in any major dating application. The verification badge, which leverages FaceTec’s 3D selfie technology, thwarts bots by requiring a human liveness check, ensuring the authenticity of millions of users.

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A Commitment to Safer Dating

A Commitment to Safer Dating

The Meet Group CEO Geoff Cook shares steps we’ve taken to improve safety in 2019 and our roadmap for 2020.

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Project Artemis: Fighting Child Predators

Project Artemis: Fighting Child Predators

Project Artemis uses a database of common textual patterns, an age detection engine and custom detection methods to help identify child predators and prevent exploitation.

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Making Dating Safer with iOS DeviceCheck

Making Dating Safer with iOS DeviceCheck

The Meet Group implemented iOS DeviceCheck primarily to prevent bad actors from returning to our mobile applications after our moderation team removes their accounts due to spam, scam, or other abuse signals in their behavior.

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Collaborating Our Way to Safer Dating

Collaborating Our Way to Safer Dating

The Meet Group collaborates actively with industry partners, peers, NGOs, and law enforcement. The company takes a hands-on approach to user safety and speaks on the topic all over the world.

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The Meet Group CEO Joins Safety Panel

The Meet Group CEO Joins Safety Panel

Listen to our CEO, Geoff Cook participate in a safety panel alongside Sr. Counsel at The Match Group (Tinder, Match.com, etc.) and the CEO of Spark Networks (Zoosk, Jdate, etc.). Hear The Match Group and other leaders in safety like the Family Online Safety Institute and ConnectSafely.org comment on The Meet Group’s practices.

The Meet Group’s Safer Dating Advisory Board Webinar

The Meet Group’s Safer Dating Advisory Board Webinar

The Meet Group’s newly-founded Safer Dating Advisory Board and CEO, Geoff Cook, takes part in the Dare to Date: Dating in a Time of Pandemic Webinar, focused on safe dating in the age of COVID-19. Listen below or watch the webinar.

The Meet Group’s Safety Tools

Highest Content Moderation Standards

Highest Content Moderation Standards

We maintain the highest content moderation standards, proactively removing bad actors and content. Read more about our Content and Conduct Policy.

Safety Education Pledge Requirement

Safety Education Pledge Requirement

Our 3-step Safety Pledge process prohibits app usage until members agree to our safety guidelines. The pledge is prominently displayed on all of our apps.

All Live Broadcasts Monitored Proactively

All Live Broadcasts Monitored Proactively

We use human and algorithmic tools to monitor all live broadcasts proactively for content that goes against our high content moderation standards.

Majority of Workforce Dedicated to User Safety

Majority of Workforce Dedicated to User Safety

Our safety and moderation team comprises over 500 people — more than half of our total workforce.

Prominent Abuse Reporting and Escalating Strikes System

Prominent Abuse Reporting and Escalating Strikes System

We launched the most prominent Report Abuse buttons seen in any major livestreaming app, along with an escalating strikes system.

Machine Learning Algorithms Detect Abusive Videos, Photos, and Text

Machine Learning Algorithms Detect Abusive Videos, Photos, and Text

We use industry-leading technology to remove bad content and actors through collaboration with partners like Spectrum Labs and Microsoft and our own internal tools.

The Meet Group’s Safety Policies

We are committed to free expression, and we believe everyone is best served when everyone has a voice. We believe a rich diversity of viewpoints and experiences enriches our entire community. In order to protect the experience and safety of our users, however, there are some limitations on the type of content and behavior that we allow.

In particular, we recognize that abuse can happen, and it can happen to some groups disproportionately, especially when based on sex, sexuality, color, or targeted at marginalized or historically underrepresented groups. We are committed to combating abusive conduct, particularly when motivated by hatred, prejudice or intolerance and abuse that seeks to silence the voices of those who have been historically marginalized.

500+ people

500+ people — more than half our workforce — are dedicated to user safety & moderation

80 million images

80 million images are reviewed per day through a combination of machine learning algorithms and human review

Far less than 1%

Far less than 1% of daily active users violate the Code of Conduct, resulting in thousands of profiles taken down each day

Thousands of comments

Thousands of comments are declined in real-time before any one sees the comment

Most Common Ban / Content Removal Reasons

  • Driving
  • Sexual Content
  • Hate Speech, Harassment, or Violence
  • Alcohol / Drugs
  • Minors
  • Spam

To learn more, please view our full Content and Conduct Policy.

Safer Dating Advisory Board

The Meet Group is committed to providing products and platforms that help daters safely spark conversation and form connections, while creating a dialogue around the most practical and safe ways to date in these uncertain times. The Safer Dating Advisory Board was founded with the goal to offer scientifically grounded tips to help those looking to form relationships.

Dr. Tali Elfassy, Ph.D.

Dr. Tali Elfassy, Ph.D.

Dr. Tali Elfassy is an epidemiologist and public health expert. She currently holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her program of research is focused on cardiovascular disease, social determinants of health, and more specifically, minority health disparities.

Dr. Melissa Sharp, Ph.D.

Dr. Melissa Sharp, Ph.D.

Dr. Melissa Sharp is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Her work focuses on clinical guidelines and “research on research” which aims to reduce wasteful research. She has worked across a wide variety of clinical areas including sexual health, mental health, cardiovascular disease, aging research, and meta-research.

Dr. Anu Hazra, M.D.

Dr. Anu Hazra, M.D.

Dr. Aniruddha (Anu) Hazra is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the University of Chicago and the Director of STI Services at the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination. His research and clinical interests center around sexually transmitted infections and their impact on gender and sexual minorities.

Partners

The Meet Group recognizes that to achieve our vision of meeting the universal need for human connection, we must collaborate on safety practices, moderation, and education across our apps. To further our commitment to continuous improvement, we are willing to work with competitors and other industry members in an effort to develop new safety tools and technologies designed to protect and safeguard our communities.

The Meet Group collaborates with industry leaders to stay one step ahead of bad actors and to address common challenges such as user verification, age estimation, and textual analysis. The Meet Group also shares best practices and collaborates actively with other safety-focused organizations.

“The Meet Group has integrated safety into the design of their operations, making their platforms and applications safer for children. Because of that, we are thrilled to have The Meet Group join our network of 400 partners across the world.”

Dr. Howard Taylor, Executive Director of The UN Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

“We view The Meet Group as one of the leaders in the space, investing millions of dollars annually to keep its users safe.”

George Kidd, CEO of the Online Dating Association

“We commend The Meet Group’s proactive approach to sharing best practices with other leaders in the space, and focusing on the wellbeing of users.”

Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute

“We recognize The Meet Group for their continued commitment to improving user safety on their apps and for providing industry leading safety practices.”

Mark Brooks, President of the Internet Dating Excellence Association

“The Meet Group … take[s] the task of identifying registered sexual offenders to keep them off their platforms very seriously.”

Glenn Frankel, President of Family Watchdog

“The Meet Group’s innovative contributions with the recently announced Project Artemis with Microsoft demonstrate its firm commitment to enhancing online safety. We are excited to welcome The Meet Group as the newest member of the WeProtect Global Alliance.”

Ernie Allen, Chairman of WePROTECT

“We’re excited and honored to work with The Meet Group to help keep its users safe in this time of increased online connection, and beyond.”

Justin Davis, Co-Founder and CEO of Spectrum Labs