Recenlt, Facebook came up with a dating feature for its European users. This was following months of delays due to the data protection concerns of local regulators.
So, the Facebook Dating is an opt-in service letting its members of the social network to find romantic partners. Crucially, the feature won’t match individuals with their existing friends, the company said Thursday.
The company said in a statement,
“We’re launching Facebook Dating in Europe to help more people find meaningful relationships through things they have in common, like interests, events and groups.”
The dating service came to US last year. Though the announcement was in 2018. Also, the expansion to Europe brings it in competition with market leaders Bumble, Badoo and Match Group’s Tinder and OkCupid.
The February launch in Europe has delays when officers from the Irish Data Protection Commission came in between. They say, it had given 10 days notice of its roll-out.
The deputy commissioner at the Irish watchdog, Graham Doyle, said in an interview this week that Facebook had since provided “detailed clarifications” on the processing of personal data in the context of the dating feature. Adding, “We will continue to monitor the product as it launches across the EU this week.”
The popular dating apps saw a surge in March, as users were at home.
Also, the company said privacy is preserved. The romantic activity will be out of a user’s public timeline by default.
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