Tinder Is Testing Its Much Touted In-App Video Call Feature, Face To Face
Tinder is testing its much-touted video call feature, that it’s calling Face to Face, in 13 countries. The countries include Australia, Brazil, France, and some states in the US such as Virginia, Illinois, Georgia, and Colorado.
Face to Face doesn’t require people to exchange private phone numbers and for now, the feature is still in testing. Not all Tinder users in those cities will even have the feature as Tinder says it will only be available to just a select group.
Bernadette Morgan, a Senior Product manager on Tinder’s trust and safety team says for now the team is hoping to see how well the video calls work from a technical standpoint. Technicalities like how the servers will fare are being considered before rolling out the feature to the larger public.
In using Face to Face, both Tinder users have to agree to participate in the video call. After tapping the video icon in the right-hand corner of the screen, they’ll both see a prompt to opt-in to the video calls with the other person. Only after both parties consent to the call can the call take place. Any of the two can also opt-out of the call at any time.
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During the call, the screen will be split in half. This will allow each caller to see each other; and it is as large as the person on the other end of the line. Morgan says this is so that people can make sure they look good without showing anything in the background they might not want to be shown.
“We intentionally did this split-screen, so you know exactly what you look like on the other person’s phone, so you can feel a little bit more comfortable. And then also, we are hoping that it promotes conversation. By having an equal size, you can see the other person [and] they can see you, so hopefully, it fosters conversations because conversations are a two-way street,” Morgan said.
After a video call, each user gets a prompted to answer if they’d want to have a call again. They are also given the opportunity to report someone’s inappropriate behaviour. Tinder, however, says it has “no intention” in accessing the calls and will have to rely on the user’s reports.
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