Facebook(NASDAQ: FB) Dating Will Be A feature, Not An app; here’s A peek #Facebook_DatingApril 22, 2019
Facebook Dating doesn’t plan to launch a standalone dating app, which should temper expectations about how deeply it’s diving into Tinder and Match Group’s territory.
The feature will be based inside Facebook’s main app, alongside its many other utilities buried beyond the home screen.
It’s not ready for the public yet, but company employees are now internally testing it — though they’re warned that it’s not for dating their co-workers.
Facebook gave a preview of its Dating features back in May at its F8 conference.
Now we’re getting an early look at its onboarding process thanks to screenshots pulled from the Facebook app’s code by mobile researcher and frequent TechCrunch tipster Jane Manchun Wong .
The designs give a sense of the more mature vibe of Facebook Dating, which seems more purposeful for finding a serious partner than a one-night stand.
Once you opt in to activating Facebook Dating, only other people who have also turned it on will be able to see you, and it won’t be shared to News Feed.
You can choose if friends of friends can see you or not, and Dating profiles allow non-binary and transgender and orientation options.
If two people express interest in each other (no swiping), they can text each other over Messenger or WhatsApp.
TechCrunch has learned some new details from Facebook, as well.