Facebook Dating has been officially launched in Romania. This is a service integrated in the main Facebook platform and in the mobile application, which allows users to find partners online. It is a competitor to other such services such as Tinder or Bumble. Even if you access Dating through the social network, Facebook says that the profile for this section is completely separate and well protected in terms of data security.
The Facebook Dating service is integrated in the standard mobile application
To access Facebook Dating you do not have to create a separate account or install a new application on your phone. Everything happens on the Facebook site or in the application you already have. However, the two profiles are separated by the content that is available to each. Facebook says you can’t “wake up” with a dating profile, so you’ll have to do one manually. You can choose which photos to appear on the one for Dating, you can choose which information about you to appear in public and whether to integrate from Facebook your interests such as the events you go to or the groups you belong to. In fact, there are even dedicated functions through which you can meet people who go to the same events or are part of the same groups as you.
It is important to mention that Facebook Dating only appears for adult users, over 18 years old. Unlike other platforms, Dating has no cash functions, everything is accessible completely free of charge.
Of course, the Stories function is also present on Facebook Dating, being able to import stories from Facebook or Instagram, in order to offer those interested more information about what you like. By the way, for Facebook Dating you don’t need to receive a positive response from the other, being able to start a conversation immediately. Even though the discussions that take place in the Dating platform are done through the Messenger infrastructure, the messages are not common with those in Messenger. In fact, you can only send text messages, without links, photos or videos. Thus, Facebook wants to stop the abuses.
There is control over the details you provide and the users who can find you on Dating
Moreover, there is advanced control to be able to block people from dating, in case of unpleasant interactions. And because Facebook is a very personal platform, Facebook allows you to control who can appear on your list or see you on the platform. For example, friends in your list are automatically excluded and can’t find you on Facebook Dating. Then you have the option to block your friends’ friends if you want. Finally, there is the Secret Crush option.
If you like one or more people from your Instagram friends or followers list, you have up to nine choices to put them on a secret list. When one of those people also adds you to the Secret Crush list, both people get notified and can see or meet. If the other person is not on Facebook Dating, then they will never know that they have been put on the Secret Crush list.
And because in pandemic times, face-to-face meetings are not exactly recommended, Facebook Dating also includes the possibility to have a video meeting in which to meet potential partners, before a real meeting.
The service was launched today, October 22, in Romania, along with 31 other countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania , Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. You can access it the dedicated section of Facebook.
Facebook Dating was already available in 20 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Suriname, Thailand, USA, Uruguay and Vietnam. More than 1.5 billion matches have been made since its launch.
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