Facebook is always about bringing people together, and now it’s all about finding love.
The social media platform have launched a new dating service called “Facebook Dating” in the U.S. as their answer to Tinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, Bumble, and other dating apps.
The new extension will live within the Facebook application, which will be available to users aged 18 and above.
The user will need to opted-in and activate their profile.
Once activated, it will request the user’s gender, who they’re interested in, a bunch of T&Cs and other several privacy settings.
The users can tweak their dating location, distance, age, and height preferences.
They can also indicate religious preferences and whether they’re okay with their date having children.
The information on dating is separate from the regular app.
The extension goes to certain lengths to make them distinct: It makes the user create a whole new profile, and all the details you want to show.
The new dating service ensures the user’s Facebook friends won’t show up on the profile.
They can also remove the “friends of friends” option from potential matches to avoid awkward encounters as well as lets them block certain people from ever seeing their profile.
Facebook Dating began its initial test in Colombia in September of 2018 before rolling out more broadly that November.
The expansion is set to arrive in Europe in 2020.
It also contains a unique feature called “Secret Crush”, which lets the user list individuals from their Facebook friends and Instagram Followers. If they ever join dating, they will be notified that someone has a “crush” on them. If they add the user to their “crush” list as well, the user will be instantly matched, as if to accelerate the dating process.
The social media giant promised to never to reveal the crushes.
The feature will be available on mobile only via the social network’s main iOS and Android apps for now.