Facebook’s dating service is a chance to meet the catfisher, advertiser or scammer of your dreams

Facebook’s dating service is a chance to meet the catfisher, advertiser or scammer of your dreams

The love-seeking singles of Facebook’s new dating service, privacy experts say, profiles, expanded data gathering and a new wave of dating fraud.

Facebook – under fire for viral misinformation, fake accounts and breaches of trust – said this week it will soon offer a new dating service designed to help its users find love, giving the world’s largest social network a uniquely intimate vantage point best dating sites for Artist Sites singles on its users’ romantic desires and personal lives.

The service will allow people older than 18 to create a dating profile – separate from their main profile and invisible to their friends – that it shows to potential matches based on common interests, dating preferences, location and mutual friends, company officials said.

Using a button – not a swipe, as popularized by the dating app Tinder – people will then be able to say whether they’re “interested” or would rather “pass” on those potential partners, officials said. Matches will be shown the other person’s first name, age, current city and photo, though users will also have the option of sharing their work, education and other biographical information. The service will begin testing in a few months.

Privacy watchdogs, advertising experts and industry rivals worry the service could expose users more acutely to the worst of the Web – scams, malicious strangers and other problems Facebook already has its hands full with.

“Facebook already knows a lot about you that you tell it, and it collects a lot of information about you beyond that. … Now here’s this whole other bucket of really sensitive stuff,” said Justin Brookman, director of privacy and technology policy at the advocacy group Consumers Union. […]