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Move Over, Tinder: 'Facebook Dating' Is Now A Thing

It's for 'building real, long-term relationships, not just hookups.'
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There are probably thousands of couples all over the world who got together because they reconnected on Facebook. And it seems like the world's leading social platform took notes because CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced the launch of "Facebook Dating."

During a Facebook conference, Zuckerberg said the dating app will be focused on "building real, long-term relationships, not just hookups."

Facebook has always been about connecting people, but they've mostly worked around making friendships—until now.

We know what you're thinking: Is it safe? With the recent Facebook scandal, everyone's worried about their privacy. Chief Product Officer Chris Cox says a dating profile will be different from a regular one. For one thing, the two won't be connected. Your dating profile will also only have your first name (not your last). 

Though they didn't expand on how they'll be looking for your perfect match, Facebook did say they won't be matching you with anyone on your friend list. Additionally, your dating behavior won't be blasted all over your Newsfeed and messaging will happen in an inbox that isn't a part of Facebook Messenger. 

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So how will Facebook Dating be different from Tinder, OKC, Bumble, and other apps? It'll have an "events" tool that you can unlock, presumably so you can meet up somewhere nearby. 

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