The Facebook Dating App is real. File your privacy concerns. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Facebook dating is here. Hallelujah. Just what we needed, another way for Zuck to weasel his way into our lives.
The social media behemoth on Sept. 5 officially announced the launch of its dating app in the U.S. and it promises to transform your love life. Or not.
— Facebook (@facebook) September 5, 2019
Not Particularly Original
According to the press release, Dating will be a separate feature of the current service. If you choose to opt-in, it will then recommend profiles based on your own interests and preferences.
From there you can reach out to potential partners including friends who’ve secretly selected you as their Secret Crush.
“Facebook Dating makes it easier to find love through what you like — helping you start meaningful relationships through things you have in common, like interests, events and groups. It takes the work out of creating a dating profile and gives you a more authentic look at who someone is.”
In other words, Dating = Facebook + profile suggestions. Not very original. So why don’t people just use Facebook as is?
Presumably, the company wants to coddle users into a super safe environment for the romantically-inclined. More likely it’s a way to harvest and sell dating specific data.
Either way, give credit where credit is due. Taking the ‘work’ out of searching through profiles on your own sure is convenient. They might as well just tell us who to date and we can skip over all this nonsense.