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Facebook Dating Service launched in Europe

Facebook is launching its dating service in 32 European nations following the delay in the launch earlier in 2020 due to regulatory issues.

According to the report, the social media company had delayed the launch of Facebook Dating in Europe in February after concerns were raised by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), the main regulator in the European Union for a number of the world’s biggest technology firms, including Facebook.

The DPC had said it was told about the Feb. 13 launch date on Feb. 3 and was very worried about being given such short notice.

It also said it was not given documentation regarding data protection impact assessments or decision-making processes that had been undertaken by Facebook.

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Facebook Dating, a devoted, opt-in space within the Facebook app, was launched in the United States in September last year. It is currently available in 20 other countries.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Kate Orseth, Facebook Dating’s product manager, said users can choose to create a dating profile and can delete it at any time without deleting their Facebook accounts.

From the Facebook profiles of users, their first names and ages in their dating profiles will be taken. The last name of users will not be added. They can decide whether they want to show personal information on their profiles or not.