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Facebook is finally launched its matchmaking service called Dating in the United States on Thursday. This happened a little over a year after the company first announced the feature. Facebook bosses had all the reasons to wait until the launch as earlier the company came under fire for its data privacy practices, CNN reports. The Typical Student team learned if users can trust their personal data to Facebook after the incident.
Can 'Dating' App Be Trusted?
As told by CNN, the USA has become the 20th country to access Dating app. Anyone who has a Facebook account and is 18 and over can set up a dating profile using the Facebook mobile app. Dating uses the following personal data: first name and age from a Facebook account. Still, as claimed by the Facebook company, the two profiles are largely separate.
Dating App Features
Many options in the Dating app closely integrate with Facebook or Instagram. Users can choose to share images posted on Facebook or Instagram to their Dating profile. Also, they can add Instagram followers to Dating's Secret Crush. This feature allows for indicating crushes among Facebook friends and Instagram followers.
What's cool, messaging within the Dating app is text only. No images, videos, payments or link sharing is possible. That makes the app a bit different from similar dating apps. Charmaine Hung, a product manager at Facebook Dating, commented on the decision as follows:
"We know that inappropriate photos and videos can really ruin peoples' dating experiences. So we want to make sure that you can build trust with someone before, of course, moving into your chat service of choice afterward."
Is It Safe To Use Dating?
The Dating app has a safety feature offering users to share their location of an upcoming date or live location with a friend on its Messenger platform. This way, their whereabouts can be tracked. About 200 million Facebook users are "Single" according to what's listed on their relationship status. Still, irrespective of their stated relationship status anyone can sign up for the Dating app.
Preferences for matches can be set based on such factors as distance, age, religion, and height. Also, it's possible to control the visibility of a dating profile to friends, friends of friends and non-friends. Dating also allows for preemptive blocking of specific Facebook users.
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