Remember the show ‘Cheaters’? It was an early noughties reality series that followed a surveillance team as they gathered incriminating video evidence of a partner suspected of cheating. In today’s world of digital dating it takes much more than a cheesy presenter and a suspenseful ‘caught-on-camera’ cliffhanger to catch a cheater, and Tinder does no favours for the cuckold, either.
Tinder‘s way of reducing a human to a carefully curated photo selection and a witty one-sentence bio make it the perfect breeding ground for commitment-phobic cheaters. In fact, a global survey found that 12% of Tinder users admitted to being in a relationship and a shocking 30% admitted to being married. But never fear, there is a solution, and it will only cost you $4.99.
A new app called Swipebuster asks for your suspicious partner’s first name, sex, age and location will scour Tinder’s backlog of people, find said partner and tell you when they last swiped. Cheeky, but apparently totally legitimate and legal.
Swipebuster isn’t hacking Tinder to dish on your deceiving lover, it just searches the database using Tinder’s official API, which is intended for use by third-party developers who want to to write software that plugs in with the site.
Apparently, the purpose of the app was to highlight the issue of oversharing online and privacy breaches. “There is too much data about people that people themselves don’t know is available,” Swipebuster’s anonymous developer said. “Not only are people oversharing and putting out a lot of information about themselves, but companies are also not doing enough to let people know they’re doing it.”
So, unless one night your mate has come across your girlfriend on a drunken swipe binge, maybe Swipebuster is the best way to snag a cheater early on.