But it could dissuade Zoosk's other members from engaging with them.
It's similar, he says, to how Twitter users have learned not to trust unverified celebrity accounts. "If you're meeting four people on the platform and three have the badge, you start to question why the fourth person doesn’t have it."Of course, there are drawbacks to this tool, which Zadeh realizes.
Such a feature may save online daters a lot of undue disappointment, but it could also teach other online platforms an important lesson. This has driven the explosive growth of apps like Secret, Yik Yak, and Whisper, and it has powered the self-destructing-message craze launched by Snapchat.
And yet, this move toward anonymity has come at a cost, creating a perfect storm for online trolls, scammers, and impostors to wreak havoc on the rest of us.
Such a system could potentially save loads of Facebook users from falling prey to scammers and identity fraud.
Zadeh has no illusions that this system will stop bad actors from joining the site.
"I don't think we have the silver bullet to solve all aspects of misrepresentation," he admits.
If the photos match, the user gets a little green check next to his or her photos.Page 8: Tips on meeting your significant other's parents, such as be polite and stay off your phone.Page 9: A Q&A with a police officer about dating safety, some facts on dating violence and a poll about the prevalence of sexting.Zoosk is rolling out a new feature that lets users verify the authenticity of profile pictures.The explicit goal, according to CEO Shayan Zadeh, is to prevent daters from posting photos of themselves when they were 10 years younger or 20 pounds lighter.
Page 6: The definition of "friends with benefits" and a guide for figuring out if you've been "friend-zoned"and a first-hand account of an awkward crush situation.