Facebook held its F8 developer conference last night, where the company elaborates new features and design to its different platforms. In addition to the design overhaul of the main Facebook service and several other platforms including WhatsApp and Instagram, the company announced an expansion of Facebook Dating to over 14 countries.
Facebook Dating is one of the services provided by Facebook which allows users to discover potential matches within their own Facebook communities, such as events, groups, friends of friends.
As of now, this service was only available in some selected countries including Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and Thailand. But now, the company has expanded its reach to 14 more countries including Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Laos, Malaysia, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Suriname, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
In addition to the expansion of its network, Facebook has added a new feature in its Dating app called the Secret Crush. This new feature will let users select up to nine of their Facebook friends to whom they want to express their interest. If their ‘crush’ has opted into Facebook Dating, they will get a notification saying that someone has a crush on them. And in case, if their crush adds the user to their Secret Crush list, it will be “a match”. Facebook said that the Secret Crush list will be private.
“People have told us that they believe there is an opportunity to explore potential romantic relationships within their own extended circle of friends,” Facebook said in a blog post.
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