Besides that, it’s important to note that Tinder and the like uses your Facebook data to operate their service in the first place.
Some apps, like Bumble, outright demands that you should have a Facebook account in order to sign up.
To keep your personal and your romance-seeking selves separate, your Dating profile will only use your first name, and your Facebook friends won’t appear as potential matches.
Unlike Messenger, however, the Dating inbox only allows you to send text-based messages when chatting for the first time; as a safety precaution, photos and links are a no-no.
We’re surprised at the timing given the amount of personal and sensitive data that comes with this territory,” Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Match Group, said in a statement.
“Regardless, we’re going to continue to delight our users through product innovation and relentless focus on relationship success. Facebook’s entry will only be invigorating to all of us.”Facebook hasn’t confirmed whether it will charge for the service.
*Side-eyes suspiciously* But what of dating apps like Tinder, Hinge and Bumble?Finding your special someone will depend on Facebook’s unique algorithm – based on “dating preferences, things in common and mutual friends” – which will help to match you with potential dates. You could also find your match through shared Groups and Events.For example, if you’re going to a concert, your potential soulmate, who’s going to the same concert, could “unlock” your profile and hit it up.Now, they’ll likely find themselves competing with the very platform that, arguably, sustains their existence. Facebook could have within its user base a huge untapped market of single people who don’t use online dating services but might consider Dating because they already know how to use Facebook and the feature is just a click away.This could be a big draw for older Facebook users in particular.Altogether, the dating industry is worth about billion.It’s unclear whether the new feature will be able to compete with the more established services, however Facebook does have the clear advantage of starting with the world’s most developed social network infrastructure. Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement at the company’s annual developer conference. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Wired reports that Facebook is now rolling out a dating service.Perhaps most unique about Dating is its “unlocking” feature, which allows users to make their profiles visible to members and attendees of groups and events.“Unlocking” could allow you to see potential matches who plan on attending the same concert as you, for example.