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Facebook's New Dating Feature Will Give You An Avenue For Hookups

Bye, Tinder!
by Khatrina Bonagua | May 3, 2018
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Single, ready to mingle, and on Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg is here to help you out.

During the F8 Developer Conference held last Tuesday, May 1, the Facebook CEO announced that the social network will be rolling out a dating service, simply called Dating, on its main app,

Dating, according to Zuckerberg, aims to create real, long-term, and meaningful relationships between its users. “This is not just for hookups,” he shared.

The dating service will appear within every Facebook users’ main app and it’s up to you whether you’ll use it or not.

According to Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, your Dating profile would be separate from your main FB profile, and you can access it in a different section of the app. Dating would use your first name, four of your photos (which you’ll choose), occupation/school, and location. Also, it would only be visible to those using the service and would not show up on your News Feed.

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“We have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning. Your friends aren’t going to see your profile, and you’re only going to be suggested to people who are not your friends,” Cox explained.


Cox added that Dating users could “unlock” local events and message others planning to attend. If someone responded, you two would connect via a messaging feature that is not Facebook Messenger.

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You could also browse other Dating users who are members of a Facebook group that you are in. If you find someone you like, simply click "interested" AKA "swipe right" on Tinder. 

“We like this by the way because it mirrors the way people actually date, which is usually at events and institutions they’re connected to,” Cox said. “We hope this will help more folks meet and hopefully find partners.”

The Dating service is still unavailable in the country as of writing. 

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