After all the Facebook capital-D Drama that’s been the centre of focus lately (you know: Russian meddling, selling user data, etc.), Mark Zuckerberg and the folks at Facebook really want to ease your minds and get you thinking more positively about the platform. Apparently their best play is offering a dating service that asks you to give them EVEN MORE information about yourself. Good one Facebook. Way to read the room.
At Facebook’s annual F8 developers conference Tuesday, the company announced that they would be launching a new dating function for the website that would be “for building real long-term relationships, not just hookups,” according to the CEO. Users will have to opt into the free service using a heart icon on their profiles where they will be asked to create a dating page separate from their regular Facebook profile.
— CNN (@CNN) May 2, 2018
The dating profile won’t be viewable by your Facebook friends (phew!) but is instead designed to be like a page you would create on OKCupid or E-Harmony. After you’re all set up, you’ll be able to join interest or event groups and be matched with other singles who are also involved in those groups, have similar “dating preferences,” share common interests or have mutual friends. Seems like it’s meant to be the best of both worlds from online dating and Tinder/Bumble-style apps.
The company says the feature will begin testing later this year and there will be more information on the details as we get closer. The main concern of users right now is clearly, why would we give Facebook even more of our information?? Zuckerberg didn’t directly answer that one at the conference but continued to emphasize how important everyone’s safety, security and privacy is to them. Okay, guys.
How does the internet feel about Facebook throwing itself into the last little corner of the online experience they haven’t yet taken over? Not great.
— HeeHee (@langelandia) May 2, 2018
The audacity of Zuckerberg to further inject himself into our private lives is #PeakWhiteMalePatriarchy
— Tonya Alston (@TonyaA6) May 2, 2018
What idiots will let Facebook have any more information about themselves. Especially after it’s made crystal clear the commodity is YOUR USER DATA ? #spyware
— Mark (@Mark13434035) May 2, 2018
People also had jokes. Because this is the internet and no one can take anything seriously for more than about 30 seconds.
Facebook is launching an online dating feature. Which is different from their current online dating feature of showing you who your ex is dating.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) May 2, 2018
#1 dating service for Russian bots!
— Kevin Shkolnik (@KevinShkolnik) May 2, 2018
I’m looking for a Russian bot with a sense of humor that likes long walks in the woods.
— Eggcellent Bacon (@EwaFan) May 2, 2018
Congrats! You two are a match! Our algorithm paired you together because you both sleep in the same position!
BOTH: Uh…how do you know which position w-
FACEBOOK DATING: -LOL! Enough chitchat! Go enjoy your date, Lovebirds!
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) May 2, 2018
Facebook announces plans for a new dating service, which will match users based on their medical records and bank details.
— Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) May 2, 2018
one thing that will be great about the facebook dating feature is that one day i will be dead
— Ingrid Ostby (@ingridostby) May 3, 2018
Facebook also announced a new “Clear History” feature at the conference that will allow users to see and limit the data the company is able to view and store. So that seems like a win at least.