Tinder is launching video chats so you can go on virtual dates with potential lovers

TINDER is going to let you video chat with your matches later this year.

The one-on-one in app feature will let you go on virtual dates without even leaving the house.

Further details about Tinder's video chat plans are scarce.

The feature was announced by Match Group, the brand’s parent company, in its earnings release.

Video chatting on the dating app would be one of the largest changes for the brand.

However, the company will have to devise ways of the tackling the bullying and harassment that can come along with video chatting online.

Any negative text-based messages are easier to screen and block.

The app may need to add an offensive image detection system to try and protect users.

With more of us having to stay inside all over the world, Tinder has reportedly seen an increase in daily swipes.

However, Match Group did note a decline in paying customers from February to March.

Its figures are still higher than this time last year though.

The company said in its earnings note: "We are confident that demand for human connection will never dissipate and remain committed to fulfilling that need.

"This period of social isolation would have been much more dire for single people – who no longer have other avenues to meet and connect such as bars and concerts – if not for our products."

We have reached out to Tinder for further comment on the new feature.

How to stay safe on Tinder

Follow these tips…

Never give out personal information such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, bank information, or work or home addresses.
Never respond to any request to send money, especially overseas or via wire transfer.

Keep conversations on the platform as 'bad actors' will try to move the conversation to text, personal email or phone conversations.

Block and report suspicious accounts.

Before meeting anyone in person,  get to know users online while using the app.

Meeting up

When meeting up, always meet the person in a populated, public place – never in a private or remote location, and never at your home or apartment.

If your date pressures you, end the date and leave at once.

Tell family & friends

It's also important to tell friends or family members of your plans and when and where you’re going.

Make sure you have your cell phone charged and with you at all times.

Organise your own transportation, especially in case things don’t work out.

Stay sober

Stay sober during the date as consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs can impair your judgement and potentially put you in danger.

It’s important to keep a clear mind and avoid anything that might place you at risk and keep an eyes on drinks which could be spiked with synthetic substances.

In the event that you feel in an unsafe territory, toggle off the “Show me on Tinder” function found under the settings page.

In other news, Apple is working on a new feature that lets you edit texts you've already sent.

WhatsApp has launched a fact-checking chatbot that will reveal if you've been reading fake news.

And, WhatsApp users can now take part in video calls with up to eight people at once.

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