Free dating on facebook
Facebook Dating, a matchmaking service the company already offers in Brazil, Canada and 17 other countries, arrives in the U. For a company that’s also developing its own digital currency and dabbling in e-commerce, love is another step toward reaching into all aspects of human existence.
But after years of privacy missteps by the social network, will people trust it with their love lives?
That’s if users can get over concerns about privacy.“A feature on Facebook that people don’t trust isn’t going to be successful,” said Rob Sherman, the company’s deputy chief privacy officer.
“We built in privacy from the ground up.”Tell that to Seth Carter, 32, an engineer from Terre Haute, Ind., who tried a host of dating apps including Match, Bumble, Tinder and Christian Mingle before his current relationship.
With Facebook, you start by creating a dating profile distinct from your Facebook profile.
But he worries that Facebook’s stated commitment to privacy would ultimately buckle under pressure to make money off the service.You can also add up to 36 of your Instagram photos.You have to be at least 18, rather than 13 with the main Facebook service.Once two people 'like' each other, they will be able to match and potentially talk to each other.Facebook Dating first launched in Colombia on September 20, 2018.But based on Facebook’s history with users’ private information, there’s certainly a possibility that it won’t, so prepare to be embarrassed.Facebook Dating is a feature within Facebook's main app rather than a separate app release. After indicating interest in another profile, the service lets users contact each other.Facebook was fined a record billion this summer by the Federal Trade Commission over privacy violations. Facebook Dating comes as the popularity of online dating grows: In 2016, 15% of all U. adults said they had used online dating services, up from virtually none in 2005, according to the Pew Research Center. From old-school sites like e Harmony to Hinge or The League, a members-only service promising to bring together folks with “ambition and a drive to succeed,” there are also apps focused on farmers, religious groups, seniors, the LGBT community and so on.It’s also under scrutiny for allowing the spread of election-related misinformation and discrimination in U. When he announced the feature last year, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook Dating is “not just for hookups” but to build “meaningful, long-term relationships.” That appeared to be a direct swipe at Tinder, a service best known for hooking people up with people they find attractive by showing their photo, age and first name.The feature is set to expand to 14 new countries, including Australia, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Guyana, and Suriname.The service has been active for a year in Colombia, Thailand, Canada, Argentina, and Mexico.