Give any social network enough time and eventually it will become a dating app

When people have a platform to communicate with others, they can’t help but eventually start saying how they really feel. There are plenty of apps designed specifically for dating, but who among us hasn’t been thirsty enough to slide into a DM on LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter, or, yes, Facebook. Facebook Dating tries to split the difference. It’s explicitly a dating app, but one that takes full advantage of the social features its social media parent company has to offer. Plus, it’s totally free. However, if you want to find love without the threat of Zuckerberg looking over your shoulder, we recommend paying for one of our Editors’ Choice picks, Match or Tinder.

Getting Started With Facebook Dating

Many dating apps give you the option of setting up an account through Facebook. Facebook Dating is already Facebook. You don’t download it as a standalone app. Instead, it’s a part of the existing Facebook Android and iOS mobile app that you have to opt into to start using. I tested on an iPhone 11. Currently, there’s no desktop version.

Turning your Facebook profile into your dating profile immediately sets off privacy alarm bells. The European Union blog forced Facebook to delay the launch of the service so regulators could take a look at security measures. Who can blame them considering Facebook’s history of privacy failures, from the Cambridge Analytica scandal to settling lawsuits with civil rights groups about microtargeted ads.

However, Facebook claims that your Facebook Dating data is kept separate from the rest of Facebook. Read more