Facebook launches dating service in US, Games & Apps News & Top Stories

Friday, 06 Sep, 2019

Facebook announced today that Facebook Dating was officially launching in the USA, giving users the option to opt in for the new romantic service.

Say goodbye to unprompted "hey" DM's on Facebook and hello to prompted yet still uninspiring "hey" DM's on Facebook Dating.

Though the company says it will allow users a great deal of control over which Facebook users see their information - including the ability to hide specific about gender identity and block certain people from seeing your profile - it makes no reference to how it will use the data generated by the service for its own purposes.

Facebook Dating will show users to each other who are members of similar groups or attend similar events.

Facebook Dating was previously available in 19 other countries such as Argentina, Malaysia, and the Philippines, to name a few.

According to Business Insider, Facebook Dating shares some design aspects with popular dating app Hinge.

"A feature on Facebook that people don't trust isn't going to be successful", said Rob Sherman, the company's deputy chief privacy officer.

'If your crush adds you to their Secret Crush list too, it's a match! If there's a mutual crush, Facebook Dating matches the users.

When he announced the feature previous year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook Dating would be "not just for hookups" but to build "meaningful, long-term relationships".

That's if users can get over concerns about privacy. Facebook Dating will exist inside Facebook's main app, but users will be able to pull photos from their Instagram profiles into their dating profile, and by the end of the year be able to publish their Instagram Stories to their dating profile as well. If that's the case, you can use Facebook Dating's "secret crush" feature.

Are you looking for more than "friends" on Facebook? To help you show, rather than tell, who you are, we're bringing Stories to Dating.

There were initially rumblings that the dating feature might be open only to people who list themselves as "single" and not those who are "married" or "in a relationship". This is just another attempt by the company to suck up more of people's personal data, and most likely increase the time spent on the site.

You can match with friends of friends and people you don't know.

It also offers a safety feature where a user can share the location of an upcoming date or live location with a friend on its Messenger platform, so their whereabouts can be tracked.

Creating your Dating profile is easier than ever. You can also create your own Dating profile from scratch.