Facebook has quite literally taken over the world with its range of different apps and built-in services. Now the social media giant wants to add to its plethora of features with Facebook Dating, because clearly Facebook can do a better job than we can at finding romance.
According to TechCrunch, the Facebook Dating feature is currently being tested by Facebook employees and isn’t currently available to the public. Once publicly released, users will opt-in to activate the feature and, in-keeping with Facebook’s strong support of personal privacy, only other users of the feature will be able to see you (unless you change the privacy settings otherwise) and it won’t pop up on your news feed for all to see.
Once you’ve opted in, you’ll be able to select all your personal preferences (including up to 5 different genders) so Facebook can use its magic to match you with your future S.O. Once you’re fully integrated into the feature, you’ll be able to unlock private Events or Groups specifically designed for Facebook Dating and look through your potential matches. Unlike Tinder, there’s no swiping left or right; if someone is interested in you, they’ll need to get in touch via Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.
The Facebook Dating feature will also implement controls on how many matches you can contact to avoid spam and allow you to block users if need be. Facebook are interested in creating meaningful, long-term relationships through the Dating feature. We can’t wait to see how successful the app become and whether it launches a whole new era of catfishing (and maybe even a new TV series?)
The Facebook Dating feature will only be available in the US to users 18 years of age or older, in accordance with local state laws and governance. If successful, we could see a global roll-out a couple of months after release.