Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Facebook launches dating service in United States

Facebook launches dating service in United States

Facebook expects to launch the dating service in Europe by early 2020, in addition to the 20 countries where it is presently available.

The service would be optional for Facebook users, the company said, adding that dating activity of users will not appear on their profile or news feed. Once you are done with the profile, you will be suggested to others who have also opted in. It won't recommend current Facebook friends as potential matches, nor people you have blocked, and you can optionally choose not to have friends-of-friends suggested either.

Facebook Dating has been more than a year coming, a slow rollout for a company still trying to shake off its old "move fast and break things" ethos. You also won't be matched up with any of your Facebook friends (unless you add them to your Secret Crush list) and you can even choose not to match with friends of friends.

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If a match doesn't occur, Facebook says no one will know you entered their name.

Facebook Dating includes a feature called Secret Crush that lets you match with people you already know on Facebook and/or Instagram. However, Facebook friends will only be listed if a user opts in to the "Secret Crush" list.

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Facebook Dating is nowavailable in the USA, its 20th market. Facebook dating will likely be a small feature within the broader Facebook service, but the symbolism of combining the products on the consumer level is notable, especially given the other changes happening at Facebook behind the scenes.

Facebook has said that it is going to give users the option of integrating their Instagram profile directly into their Facebook Dating profile.

Feel safe by sharing details of your date. It has also built in features created to prevent unwanted messages, photos and spam. If they do, they are in control of who they share this information with. Data from a user's dating profile, for example, won't be used for targeted advertising, Sharp said.

Facebook insists it won't use information gleaned from users' dating profiles for advertising and says there won't be ads on Facebook Dating. You can also create your own Dating profile from scratch.

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