Facebook postponed the launch of its dating service in Europe. The decision came after the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) officials “conducted an inspection” of the company’s Dublin offices. The service was slated to roll out on February 13.
DPC said in its official statement, “We were very concerned that this was the first that we’d heard from Facebook Ireland about this new feature, considering that it was their intention to roll it out tomorrow, 13 February. Our concerns were further compounded by the fact that no information/documentation was provided to us on 3 February in relation to the Data Protection Impact Assessment or the decision-making processes that were undertaken by Facebook Ireland.”
In response to Facebook, an official said, it has postponed the release of dating services in the European countries. Facebook did not provide any new dates for the launch.
Facebook dating was launched last September in the United States. Currently, it is available in 20 countries including United States, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Guyana, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Suriname, Thailand, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
The Facebook dating app is the feature of its main Facebook app. Users have to create a dating profile (separate profile from the main app) and will be matched only with other users who have opted-in. They will not be matched with their friends on Facebook and can choose if they wish to be matched with friends of friends. Facebook suggests people based on your preferences, interests and other activities on Facebook.