Facebook launches United States dating platform; Tinder owner's shares sink

Facebook Dating will not suggest'friends as people that users might want to date and the company insists it will not use information gleaned from dating profiles for advertising

Facebook just launched its Dating service

Facebook's inaugural dating service is now live in the USA, aiming to help people start "meaningful relationships" based on common interests. These suggestions will happen based on your preferences, interests and other browsing habits on Facebook.

While Facebook is trying to get in on the online dating market and position itself as a viable contender among Tinder, Bumble, and other dating apps, users have their concerns. The new app has this feature called Secret Crush which allows you to add people to a list and then theyll get a notification that they are someones crush. You will be able to hit a "like" and send a corresponding message to any profile on Facebook Dating. Even better, Facebook Dating is a completely opt-in experience. Finally your exhausted thumbs can rest. Moreover, everyone on Facebook Dating would be free to date whomever he or she wants to, irrespective of that person being in the friend list or not. Dating activity won't be shared back to your regular news feed, and indeed there's no indication that you're using Dating on the normal Facebook site. "It's a seemingly useful service that also acts as a Trojan horse for the company's existing interests".

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The free "Facebook Dating" site which was announced previous year and already available in other countries will allow users to link their Facebook and Instagram post to a separate dating profile. Your profile will be suggested to others who have also opted in.

You can now add your Instagram posts to your profile in Facebook Dating. If your Secret Crush isn't a Dating user or doesn't add you to their list, Facebook says no one will ever know you were interested in them.

There are, however, a lot of options to integrate more closely with Facebook or Instagram. It's expected to launch in Europe by early 2020. If your crush has added you to their Secret Crush list too, you'll match!

Facebook launched dating in May 2018-shortly after the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal-with the idea that the social network's mission to bring people closer together should include romantic relationships.

This undated product image provide by Facebook shows screenshots of Facebook Dating, a mobile-only matchmaking service. When you choose to see these people, you will also be visible to them.

One unique feature Facebook has introduced is the ability to share details of an upcoming date with your friends and family.

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