Should it be mandatory to provide ID before opening a social media account? Singles who have suffered from dating scams weigh in
- Australian singles have weighed in on the ID-to-online-date debate
- Some men and women believe rules will lead to over-policing of dating sites
- Others said they would feel safer meeting people from apps if they were verified
Single Australians have been left divided over the possibility of a radical overhaul of online dating, which would include having to show proof of ID to sign up to the platforms.
Some men and women have claimed the rules under consideration by the Federal Government would lead to over-policing and ‘take all the fun out of dating’.
But others agree proving identity to gain access to the websites and apps is a great idea that would make them feel safer and more confident to meet up with men and women.
Single Australians have been left divided over the possibility of a radical overhaul of online dating, which would include having to show proof of ID to sign up to the platforms
Well-known matchmaker Louanne Ward posted on Facebook to ask if single men and women would be happy to consider the changes to help prevent scams and sexual assaults from happening.
‘There needs to be a lot more security, authenticating someone is a great first step,’ one man said.
‘It is a great first step, but complaints from women about abusers need to be taken seriously and the people need to be removed, especially when there are screenshots to prove everything,’ a woman said.
Others revealed they had been scammed on dating apps before, with matches asking for money or for them to sign up to onlyfans before meeting in person.
‘Some people are on there just for a social media following, or for money and that’s not fair,’ one man said.
Another shared a story of a woman who asked him for $150 to help buy her son a present.
He never got to meet the woman and said she always made excuses when he asked if they could Facetime to get to know each other.
But some people were completely against the idea and said sharing identification wasn’t the solution – adding people needed to be well-educated in online dating to avoid falling for scams and getting hurt.
Another man said that having to prove his identity before signing up for a dating app would violate his privacy and take the mystery and fun out of dating.
‘No romance, nothing. Here’s my licence check me out,’ another man said.
The men who wanted people to be trusted to do the right thing were slammed by a woman who was supportive of changes to online dating.
‘There has literally been a news report detailing women’s experience of being raped and then unmatched so the rapist couldn’t be found. So I don’t think policing the sites would take the fun out of dating at all, it might actually take the fear out if dating,’ she argued.
Some men and women have claimed the rules under consideration by the Federal Government last week would lead to over-policing and ‘take all the fun out of dating’
Another man who agreed with the changes said he would also like subscriptions for the dating apps and sites easier to cancel.
The suggested changes would also impact people trying to sign-up to social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
New users would have to submit 100 points of identification including pictures of their passport or driver’s licence to be verified.
The discussion comes after a parliamentary committee released a report showing fraudsters and abusers could work from the apps with little risk of being caught.
The Morrison government is expected to review the report and its recommendations and make a decision in coming weeks.