A New Facebook Function
Facebook announced today that Facebook Dating was officially launching in the US, giving users the option to opt in for the new romantic service.
By creating a separate profile using your information from Facebook and Instagram, Facebook Dating will allow you to mine your friend lists for Secret Crushes, that will operate in a similar manner as swipe rights on Tinder.
People Have... Concerns
While Facebook is trying to get in on the online dating market and position itself as a viable contender among Tinder, Bumble, and other dating apps, users have their concerns.
Facebook has become a bit of a chaotic corner of the internet, between the rise in political posts and the controversy over data usage and manipulation. People are understandably concerned about inviting that kind of energy into their dating lives.
Plenty Of Jokes
Sure, there are plenty of jokes to be made on Twitter, mainly the fact that people have been using Facebook for relationships basically since day one.
However, people are also concerned about the use of their personal data, particularly after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Facebook assures users that the Dating function is completely safe. Uh huh.
"Finding a romantic partner is deeply personal, which is why we built Dating to be safe, inclusive and opt-in. Safety, security and privacy are at the forefront of this product. We worked with experts in these areas to build protections into Facebook Dating from the start, including the ability to report and block anyone; prohibiting people from sending photos, links, payments or videos in messages; and by providing easy access to safety tips. These features and others give you more control and peace of mind."
What Do You Think?
So, what do you think? Are you willing to give Facebook even more of your personal data in order to create a Secret Crush list? Honestly, this just seems like yet another way to embarrass yourself online, but I suppose if it can lead to a love connection, all's fair.