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Following the launch of Facebook Dating in America this week, we've rounded up everything we know about the matching making service. The new feature allows users to build a separate dating app that is hosted within the main site - but promises friends won't see your flirtatious efforts.
Facebook says users will have the option to opt-in and build a dating profile by selecting the heart icon on their profiles. The heart icon is the link to Facebook's dating hub from the main site, where your saucy messages will remain separate from your main profile.
Zuckerberg has said the app will be about finding "long term relationships, not just hook ups". Both Tinder and Bumble rely on Facebook's user data to power their matches which creates the impression the new site won't be that different. In fact the dating hubs interface looks very similar to the two successful apps with a similar accept and reject set up.
Unlike it's predecessors, Facebook's new feature will have access to all of the data stored on the social media site - but will only use first names for the dating profile. This means the dating hub will be able to create matches based on events both users are going to, or interested in, and even places they like to visit. Users will also have a feature called "unlocking" which will make their dating profile visible to other attendees of events or members of groups.
The dating hub has a built in safety feature which only allows text based messages to be sent between new matches at first and dating messages will be kept separate from messenger. It will also use an algorithm to make sure you don't accidentally match with someone already on your friends list.
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