Fb Courting shoots Cupid's arrow in 32 international locations in Europe

Facebook Dating officially launched in 32 countries across Europe this week after regulators shattered the social network's original plans to debut in the region before Valentine's Day.

The original European debut day on February 13th, the day before Valentine's Day, was interrupted after the Irish Data Protection Commission raised concerns that it wasn't informed of the planned rollout until February 3rd and Facebook did not provide any additional information or documentation on the impact of Facebook Dating on user data and the decision-making process for transferring it to Europe.

Facebook falls under the IDPC domain as its European headquarters are in Dublin.

Facebook Dating was originally launched at F8 2019 in May 2019 and debuted in the US last September.

Product manager Kate Orseth said in a newsroom post that Facebook Dating has made over 1.5 billion games since it debuted in the 20 countries it was available in before this week.

Interested users have created separate profiles for the dedicated opt-in area in the flagship application of the social network. Facebook Dating features include:

  • A version of stories that enables people to share moments from their everyday lives with the hope of finding connections through common interests.
  • Secret Crush, which allows users to choose up to nine existing Facebook friends or Instagram followers that they are interested in. Only when these people also use the Secret Crush feature can you determine if there are any matches. If a person on the list isn't on Facebook Dating, doesn't create their own Secret Crush list, or doesn't add the list creator to their list, they won't know if they'll be added to the list.
  • Facebook dating users can add their existing events and groups from Facebook to their Facebook dating profiles.
  • The Virtual Data feature allows games that are ready to video chat to do so by clicking the video icon in their text chats to send an invite. First names and dating profile photos are displayed when the call starts.

Countries that got access to Facebook Dating this week are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Great Britain

You are joining the 20 markets where it was already available: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Suriname, Thailand, Uruguay , USA and Vietnam.

Orseth also shared details on Facebook Dating controls and security options in a separate newsroom post.

She emphasized that Facebook dating is fully enabled and Facebook dating profiles can be deleted at any time without affecting the main Facebook account.

By default, Facebook dating profiles contain the first name and age of the users' Facebook profiles. These cannot be edited.

However, users have the option to share other information such as hometown, occupation, and religion. Facebook dating users can also use a different gender identity than that on their main Facebook profiles. According to Orseth, gender identities and preferences are not displayed on Facebook dating profiles.

Facebook dating users can view potential matches who are members of the same group they are in or interested in the same events. When this option is enabled for Suggested Matches, they may appear as suggested matches for other people in those groups or events.

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