Tinder adds 'verified' profiles for people out of your league

As fake celebrities go, 'Amanda' seems nice.

As fake celebrities go, 'Amanda' seems nice.

Dating app Tinder  will soon offer a 'verification' service for celebrities, allowing them to prove their authenticity with a blue tick.

Much like Facebook and Twitter's verification service, Tinder's scheme will cut down on impostors while making the service much more fun for any celebrities who are interested, as they will no longer have to prove their identity to skeptical suitors.

In other words: yes, that really is Katy Perry. And Hillary Duff. And Aaron Smith. Why not try your luck?

Tinder announced that they were exploring verification last year. They rolled out the feature today.

Notably, Tinder's verification isn't just for A-list celebrities and All Blacks - it's for "notable public figures" too. That means essentially anyone whom others would seek to imitate - so politicians, high profile journalists, even the odd socialite.

In the past, comedians have gamed Twitter's verification system by gaining verification and then changing their profiles to imitate the truly famous. Since Tinder only uses first names and allows one to easily change profile pictures, it wouldn't be too hard for a verified user to portray themselves as a much more impressive celebrity.

Tinder facilitates 26 million matches a day, so there's probably someone famous using it in your area. Go get rejected by them.

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 - © Fairfax NZ News

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