You can only send text-based messages when chatting for the first time, which Facebook describes as a safety measure.
Facebook will use a unique algorithm to match you with potential dates, based on “dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends.” You will also be able to find romantic interests via shared Groups and Events.
Zuckerberg, as well as Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, stressed that the feature is designed to spark meaningful connections—not help you find your next hookup.
But the reality is even Facebook doesn’t know yet how it will be widely used, if at all.
We’re surprised at the timing given the amount of personal and sensitive data that comes with this territory," Mandy Ginsberg, the CEO of Match Group, said in a statement.
Dating will also have a dedicated inbox that, unlike Messenger, does not allow you to send photos or links.
Bumble, too, described itself as “thrilled” at the news, suggesting in a statement that “perhaps Bumble and Facebook can join forces.”They have a point: Dating apps will likely still have their own appeal.
Historically, certain dating services have drawn specific crowds.
At F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced a new dating service, simply called "Dating," that will exist right within the social network's own app.
It will allow Facebook users to create separate profiles from their main Facebook accounts to pursue romantic connections.