According to Israeli competitive data platform Watchful, some US users are already enjoying this new feature which is connected to 911
The online dating app bumble is testing the addition of a panic button that will enable a quick connection to the police as well as location tracking. This, according to Israeli competitive data platform Watchful, which tracks experimental app features.
Watchful researchers say that the panic button has already been integrated into the system and is already linked to 911 and being tested with US users. Over the next few months it is likely the feature will be expanded to additional US users and possibly to other countries.
“The expansion of the panic button is important news for women and men who go on dates with people they don’t know. Simple awareness to the fact that this feature exists will lead to a significant reduction in assaults and harassment before and after dates,” says Arthur Schwartz, an analyst at Watchful.
“Furthermore, adding such features is intended to provide a richer user experience, emphasizing safety first, in order to gain trust in this ultra-competitive market and add user to the app thanks to these options,” added Schwartz.
Cybertech Insider has reached out to Bumble for a comment, and will update this piece accordingly.