Facebook Dating is now available in the US

Facebook Dating is official launches in 20 countries

A spokesperson from Facebook has responded to the hack claiming the data was removed before any serious damage could be done with the information. The feature provides a simple transition to its Messenger app so users can tell friends the time and location of an upcoming date, and then reminds them to share their location with that friend 15 minutes before the scheduled event.

If that sounds unusually slow for the company that once famously had the motto "move fast and break things", you're right. As Facebook Dating's product lead Nathan Sharp explained in a phone call, you just need to opt in to the service through your regular Facebook app and create a Dating profile.

According to Facebook, "Facebook Dating allows you to match with friends of friends and/or people not in your friend circle". For more than a year, the social media company has come under fire for its data privacy practices, most notably with the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

This undated product image provide by Facebook shows screenshots of Facebook Dating, a mobile-only matchmaking service. But beyond that, the company says that the two profiles are largely separate.

If you choose to use Secret Crush, you can select up to nine of your Facebook friends or Instagram followers that youre interested in.

Soon, users of Facebook Dating will be able to add Facebook and Instagram stories directly to their Dating profile, allowing strangers the change to really get to know you. The tool is meant to help people feel safer when they're meeting a new person. Users who connect their Instagram profiles will be able to share posts from the app directly to Facebook Dating.

Facebook Dating is official launches in 20 countries

When he announced the feature a year ago, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook Dating is "not just for hookups" but to build "meaningful, long-term relationships". There is no Tinder-like swiping.

Notably, the messaging feature within Dating is text only - there are no photos, videos, payments or link sharing - a departure from some other dating apps.

Facebook Dating users can let their Facebook friends and Instagram followers know their interested with Secret Crush. These features and others give you more control and peace of mind. However, those who've previously violated community standards, orare otherwise deemed suspicious will not be able to access Dating, Hung said. It's also under scrutiny for allowing the spread of election-related misinformation and discrimination in USA housing ads.

The service is optional for Facebook users, the company said.

Online dating seems to be dicey these days.

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