As Valentine’s Day approaches, an increasing number of single folks are turning to dating apps to find love. There’s nothing wrong with that. My relationship is the result of online dating. But there is something unnerving about the idea of Facebook leveraging its massive amount of potentially horny users to launch its own dating app spin-off. Plus, anything that makes us think of Mark Zuckerberg and sex at the same time can only be bad.
Facebook Dating is already available in America. However, the service faced an embarrassing setback in Europe after GDPR privacy violations cancelled the launch.
Privacy is the defining issue of being online in the modern age. Folks are rightfully standing up to companies, like Facebook, who would harvest massive amounts of personal data for their own benefit. Given the sensitive, vulnerable information users want to safely share on dating apps, privacy is an absolutely must.
However, according to the Independent.ie Irish newspaper, Facebook failed to provide the EU with crucial data about Facebook Dating’s privacy information. Given that the app has been in the works for years, and how closely EU oversight has tried to investigate Facebook, it’s a bad look intentional or not. A Facebook spokesperson said that the app will launch in Europe later with “strong privacy safeguards” that comply with current GDPR regulation.
You don’t have to rely on Facebook to find love online, though. If you’re looking for help, check out the best dating apps for relationships on our sister site AskMen. Just try not to get whelmed.
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