Do You Trust Facebook With Your Dating Life?

September 6, 2019

Not satisfied with connecting you with friends, now Facebook wants to hook you up with a romantic partner too.

The social media platform has announced it’s finally ready to launch its matchmaking service, Dating, in the United States, according to CNN.

The news comes over a year after the tech giant first disclosed the feature and rolled it out in Canada, Mexico and 17 other countries.

"We've been really slow, actually, with this rollout," a Facebook Dating product manager said. "We really wanted to make sure we got it right because dating is so personal."

Facebook users 18 and older can opt into the service which requires creating a new profile. The only information that transfers to your Dating profile is your first name and age.

Users can integrate photos from both their Facebook and Instagram accounts to Dating. The service will allow you to share your Instagram and Facebook Stories by the end of the year.

Dating will match users based on location, indicated preferences and shared interests.

You also don’t have to worry about being awkwardly matched with your Facebook friends as that feature has been disabled. There is an option called Secret Crush that lets you choose up to nine of your Facebook or Instagram friends that you have an interest in and will only match if they have indicated you as one of their crushes too.

Unlike Tinder, users don’t swipe right to show interest. Instead, Dating acts more like Hinge where you can tap to like a person’s profile. If it’s mutual, you both match.