Why Facebook's Dating Feature is Creepy and How to Turn it Off | Jessica Madrazo

Why Facebook’s Dating Feature is Creepy and How to Turn it Off

by | May 1, 2019 | General

Hello Davao, Facebook’s Dating Feature has just rolled out, and I don’t like it.

When I first heard about it, I didn’t think it was a good idea, and I still don’t. It popped up on my Facebook app today and I still don’t think its a good idea. Sigh. There’s no fighting it. Facebook’s Dating feature is here.

Before we talk about anything else, here’s something you should know.

Your profile is public by default in Facebook Dating

So in order to NOT appear in Facebook Dating, you first have to use/enable/edit this feature. Here’s how.

Go to your profile on your app and find click on this heart, where the chat used to be. This will lead you to the following images below:

It will basically ask you to edit your profile, and choose preferences.

After that, you can set your profile photo and Facebook will show you how your profile will look at, and then give you a mini tour of the features which are the messages and suggested matches.

Why is it creepy?

Well, it displays your profile publicly by default, and you can only find the terms AFTER you’ve already signed up. To save you the trouble and to make sure you read the terms, here they are.

Please note Limits on Liability which is on ALL CAPS, followed by the note that you are soley responsible for everything that happens on facebook dating. Because of course, you’re the one using the feature, even if it was Facebook who matched you with a complete stranger.

You take your own precautions.

I am personally not comfortable with all of these, especially since there’s so much information on your Facebook profiles. Even if you have Tinder, the information that’s there is only the information you added into the app. In this case, considering you’re super active on the app, it has ALL your information. Not to mention the other dangers.

Here’s an article by Felicia Cravens on the Washington Post about possible dangers with fake accounts and scams.

“People are scamming people right now on Facebook platforms from Nigeria, Macedonia, the Philippines and everywhere else.”

How to Turn Off your Dating Feature.

Go to the settings found on the upper right corner, and you’ll find the Delete Profile option.

And that’s it. Profile deleted.

Of course, whether you decide to use the feature or not, is up to you. And if you do decide to use this feature, I would advice to use it with caution.

There’s already so much fake news online, and fake people offline. Facebook’s dating feature for me is merging the two together, and voluntarily jumping into possible danger.

*Note: This feature is only default for profiles who are not marked as married or in a relationship.

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