You can now find love on Facebook
Facebook’s dating service is now out of beta and is now available in 20 countries including the Philippines.
While the new service can be found right in the existing Facebook app, users will have to make a specific and separate Facebook dating profile. After that’s done, the app will link users to potential matches based on location, preferences, events attended and other metrics. Facebook Dating will only match you with friends of friends and won’t match you with anyone in your friends list unless both of you use Secret Crush and add each other to your list.
Facebook is also integrating Instagram into the mix via Secret Crush, allowing users to add Instagram followers to their secret crush lists. You can even add someone in your friends circle in your secret crush list, who will then be notified that they’re someone’s crush (without telling them who exactly put them in their list). If both of you add each other in your lists, you’ll be matched in Facebook Dating.
Just like the main app, Facebook Dating has several privacy controls built into it, including the ability to block people and not allowing anyone from sending photos, payments or videos in messages. You can also share details of your date with your friends including your live location via Messenger, for that extra safety net when you’re out on a date.
Facebook Dating also has stories that you can cross-post from Facebook. Instagram integration will also be possible for stories as well, and will be implemented by the year’s end.
Facebook Dating is now available for the Philippines as well as 19 other countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Guyana, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Singapore, Suriname, Thailand, Uruguay, Vietnam, and the United States. No European countries are included in the list – we’re guessing that’s because of the increased privacy requirements of the GDPR.