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Facebook dating service launches in 20 countries

Social media giant, Facebook, has added an online dating service to its plethora of offerings. The Facebook dating service was launched in the US yesterday, along with in 19 other countries. Facebook users can also integrate their Instagram posts in their dating profiles.

The 20 countries include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Guyana, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Suriname, Thailand, Uruguay, Vietnam, and the United States.

The feature comes more than a year since Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced the company was working on an online dating app. However, Facebook dating was launched as a feature of the social media platform rather than a standalone app TC1.

Using Facebook Dating

To use the new service, users will have to opt into the Facebook dating service from their social media profile. The new users must then create a Facebook Dating profile separate from their main social media profiles.

Facebook Dating screen on mobile

Facebook Dating user profile on a mobile screen

Facebook revealed the app will only match users with their friends of friends or users outside their social circles unless two friends add each other to their Secret Crush lists.

As such, the secret crush lists allows Facebook Dating users to add up to 9 Facebook friends and Instagram users. The dating feature will match the users with a mutual crush, in a Tinder-Esque swipe feature.

Being an opt-in feature, Secret Crush allows you to switch off matching with friends of friends. You can also block specific Facebook friends or Instagram followers.

The news comes merely a day after TechCrunch reported finding more than 419 million records of Facebook accounts on an unprotected server TC2. With the server lacking a protective password, anyone could have easily found and accessed the personal data, included unique Facebook IDs and listed phone numbers on the user accounts.

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