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The two profiles won’t interact, meaning your Facebook friends won’t be able to see what your Dating profile says.
And it should make dating app incumbents like Tinder and Bumble anxious.
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.
It will allow Facebook users to create separate profiles from their main Facebook accounts to pursue romantic connections.
The stock price for Match Group, the company that owns dating sites like Tinder, Ok Cupid, and Match.com, took a tumble after Facebook's announcement.
But the company doesn't appear worried.“We’re flattered that Facebook is coming into our space—and sees the global opportunity that we do—as Tinder continues to skyrocket.
Until recently, you couldn't even sign up for a Bumble account if you didn't already have a Facebook account.
It's not unreasonable to wonder whether these apps would even exist without the social network.