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Facebook Enters the Dating Game

Your Facebook friends now have the potential to become more than just friends.

Facebook Dating launched in the U.S. on Thursday and gives users the chance to “make it easier to find love through what you like,” including interests, events and groups, according to a press release from the tech giant.

After all, Facebook already harvests that information about you, so why not let it play matchmaker, too?

Those interested in the new feature can create a dating profile that is separate from their main profile and includes their Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.

From there, people can match with others who have similar interests or from their own “Secret Crush” lists.

The crush lists can be created by selecting nine potential romantic prospects from Facebook friends or Instagram followers. However, Facebook friends will only be listed if a user opts in to the “Secret Crush” list.

Once a person lists someone as a crush, the person listed will get a notification that someone is interested and if they added that person to their own list, it’s a match.

If a match doesn’t occur, Facebook says no one will know you entered their name.

Users will only get notifications about crushes if they create a Facebook Dating profile.

The social networking giant insists the dating feature prohibits anyone from sending photos, links, payments or videos in messages, and people can send details of their date to someone they trust through its Messenger app.

Users must be 18 years or older to create a profile, and Facebook Dating requires the latest version of the social media platform.

It’s supported in a host of other countries, as well, including Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Vietnam, to name a few. Facebook Dating will be in Europe by early 2020.

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