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Via Facebook Newsroom

Facebook Dating is here, so lock up your data

The social media giant has launched its new app in the United States

If there’s one person we shouldn’t trust with our shagging preferences, it’s Mark Zuckerberg, so Facebook’s newly launched dating app should be approached with caution.

Now available in the US, Facebook Dating is reportedly a completely different product to the original app. Users over the age of 18 will be able to set up a dating profile, which will live separately to their Facebook pages.

The platform will suggest matches based on users’ “preferences, interests, and things you do on Facebook”, and will show you friends of friends as well as people outside of your network. The app won’t suggest your actual Facebook friends unless you specifically choose them as a ‘Secret Crush’ – if you both pick each other, you’ll get a notification, if not, the other person will never know.

The app will also integrate events and groups, meaning you can connect with people in your online communities, and see if they’re attending the same events as you. This is an opt-in feature, presumably because it’s a stalking nightmare otherwise. Another measure enables users to share location details about upcoming dates with friends via Messenger.

Focusing on privacy in an attempt to shed its atrocious reputation, Facebook Dating only pulls through a user’s first name and age from their FB profile, and won’t show their gender identity. The site says dating activity will never be shown on people’s profiles or newsfeeds.

Again as an opt-in feature, the app has integrated Instagram so users can share photos from the app directly to Facebook Dating, with IG followers also available as secret crushes. The platform hopes to eventually enable Dating users to add Stories to their profiles.

The app’s launch comes just one day after Facebook confirmed that over 419 million users’ phone numbers were exposed in the latest of the platform’s shocking privacy leaks. The information was stored in an online server that wasn’t password protected, with users in the US, UK, and Vietnam hit the worst. 

It’s great that Facebook wants us all to find love, but if you care about your data, maybe stick to being ghosted on Tinder instead.