You can now find love, not just friends, on Facebook with new 'Dating' feature


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  • Wednesday, 01 May 2019

Fidji Simo (right, in foreground), Facebook App head talking about the new matchmaking feature on the app.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians, you can swipe left for Tinder … because you can now swipe right on Facebook to find romance!

The social network app's new Facebook Dating feature has been expanded to include Malaysia in its latest app update, Facebook announced Wednesday (May 1).

Malaysia will be one of the 14 other countries that will have this feature including Singapore, Vietnam, The Philippines, Laos, Brazil, Peru, and Chile.

The feature can be found in Facebook's latest update for its mobile apps and those who want access have to enable it within its settings.

App head Fidji Simo said that with the Facebook Dating feature, it is possible to find a partner if there are common interests and shared groups, for example.

"With all the changes we are making to Facebook communities, you'll come to Facebook not just to connect with people you already know, but also to find people you might want to know – maybe even 'the one'," she said.

Simo also assured that the Facebook Dating feature is "safe, opt-in and inclusive".

"Your dating profile is separate from your main (Facebook) profile," she told the audience this during the F8 annual conference in the McEnery Convention Centre in San Jose, California on Tuesday (April 30).

She also said they had received great feedback from countries which have the feature such as Colombia, Thailand, Canada, Argentina, and Mexico.

Simo was among several speakers who spoke about Facebook updates in the near future.

In the conference, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg also talked about they were changing the app's design to be simpler, faster, and more immersive.

He also spoke about building a more privacy-focused social platform, which gives people spaces where they can express themselves freely and feel connected to the people and communities that matter most.

The full video can be seen on Facebook Newsroom's latest update.

The Facebook Dating feature has another sub-feature called 'Secret Crush' – which allows the user an opportunity to explore "potential romantic relationships within their own extended circle of friends".

If you choose to use Secret Crush, you can select up to nine Facebook friends whom you would consider dating.

"If your crush has opted into Facebook Dating, they will get a notification saying that someone has a crush on them," it said, adding that your list of secret crushes is private.

"If your crush adds you to their Secret Crush list, it's a match!"

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