With Level 5 restrictions now in place across Ireland, Facebook is hoping that dating will continue through its new platform. Known simply as Facebook Dating, the service is available today (October 22nd) in the EU through the standard Facebook app, with the idea that by sharing, you may find someone who shares your interests.
This includes a “Secret Crush” feature that you might use to match someone you are already friends with on Facebook. While the social network does not suggest friends as potential matches, you can select up to nine Facebook friends or Instagram followers that you are interested in when the “Secret Destruction” function is activated.
If any of these people add you to their own secret crush list, it will be marked as a match. Since physical meetings are excluded due to Covid-19 restrictions, Facebook has also added a feature for virtual data.
If you match someone on Facebook Dating, you can video chat with your match by tapping the video icon while in the chat. The platform also allows events or group appointments so you can see other people who are using the platform and have chosen to view those events.
This is the platform’s second launch in Ireland and Europe after Facebook was forced to cancel the EU launch on Valentine’s Day earlier this year. At the time, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) announced that Facebook had contacted them about the start of the dating function in the EU, which should take place on February 13th.
Privacy and security
However, the DPC said it was “very concerned” that it was only being given 10 days notice of its launch.
“Our concerns were heightened by the fact that we were not provided with any information / documents on February 3rd in relation to the data protection impact assessment or the decision-making processes carried out by Facebook Ireland,” said a statement from the DPC.
Facebook then confirmed on February 11th that it would postpone its launch in the EU. However, at this point it was launched in 20 countries including the United States.
Facebook’s statement for today’s launch highlighted the importance of privacy and security on the dating platform.
Current Facebook friends can not only report or block users, but also cannot be suggested as potential matches or notified that they have joined the dating platform.
“Facebook is committed to this [the platform] A place where people are comfortable looking for a date and building meaningful relationships, ”the company said.
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