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Facebook Wants to Help You Find a Date

Dave Parrack 01-05-2018

2018 has been a tricky one for Facebook so far. The Cambridge Analytica scandal saw people questioning how much data we are giving the social network. And then Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by senators, and mocked for his android-like gestures.


However, Zuckerberg and co. are carrying on regardless, and are busy revealing future plans for its products at the F8 developer conference. One of which is a dating feature likely to wrestle people away from all of the popular online dating apps Tinder vs. OkCupid vs. Match vs. Happn: Differences Between Dating Apps With so many different dating apps out there, how do you know which one is the right one for you? Don't worry, here's a breakdown of the four most popular choices. Read More .

Facebook Wants to Start Seeing Other People

Facebook is getting into the dating game. According to TechCrunch, in the coming months Facebook will launch a dedicated Dating page within the Facebook app. People can then opt-in, create a profile, and prepare to be matched with other Facebook users.

You’ll create a profile using just your first name, and this won’t be visible to your friends, or anyone not using the Dating feature. You’ll then unlock particular interests, and see the profiles of other people who have also unlocked those same interests.

If you come across someone you’re interested in you’ll be able to view their basic profile. If you’re both interested in each other you’ll be given the opportunity to start a conversation in a special Dating inbox kept apart from Messenger and WhatsApp.


The finer details have yet to be revealed. However, suffice to say that Facebook is finally going to use those things it knows about you for your benefit. Which will make a change from using your data to sell advertising and make millions of dollars.

Mark Zuckerberg Plays Cupid With Your Data

To be fair this feels like a natural fit for the social network. People already meet, flirt, date, and/or get married through Facebook, so Zuckerberg and co. may as well play Cupid for real rather than just sit by and let it happen naturally without their involvement.

Facebook is set to start testing its Dating feature soon, and we would assume it will be fully released before the end of 2018. In the meantime, if you’re a serial online dater please do stay safe while using Tinder Tinder Matched? What to Do Next and How to Stay Safe You've matched with someone on Tinder! But before you get too excited, you need to figure out how to proceed safely. Read More . And we’re not talking about contraception.

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Related topics: Facebook, Online Dating.

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  1. CC Waterback
    May 3, 2018 at 3:04 am

    "Trust me", says Zuck, "I'll totally safeguard you dating data, and won't tell anyone about your weird fetishes. Won't you share your contacts?"

  2. dragonmouth
    May 2, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Another way for FB to harvest data on people.

  3. LoveJennyL
    May 2, 2018 at 4:29 am

    If I find a woman I might marry, do I have to choose between Mark and Satan to officiate the wedding? Oops, I've already closed my FB account. Guess I'll have to go elsewhere (anywhere else) to find a date.

    "F*ck Facebook" -Almost Everybody.