Contributed by: ElyseRomano Friday, February 15 2019 @ 12:07 pm
Details continue to surface about Facebook’s much talked about dating service. The latest news comes courtesy of tech tipster Jane Manchun Wong, who revealed that Facebook Dating will allow users to share information about their dates with friends and family on Messenger. The innovative feature is a precaution designed to keep singles safe as they use the dating platform.
Wong shared a screenshot from Facebook Dating on Twitter[*1] . “Share your plans in Messenger,” reads the screen’s headline. “Let your friends and family know when and where you’ll meet your date. Choose whether to share your live location and provide updates in Messenger.”
Meeting a stranger in person after you’ve matched on a dating app is an inherently risky proposition. Though most users are genuinely interested in making connections, the potential dangers shouldn’t be overlooked. Dating platforms have taken an interesting array of measures to increase safety for their users, including verified profiles, anonymous browsing, behavior pledges and strict punishments for terms of service violations.
With Facebook’s live location feature, singles will be able to share their current whereabouts and ongoing updates about their dates with trusted connections. It’s an inventive idea to protect users, and provided its initial launch goes well, it’s not hard to imagine other dating services adding a similar feature.
Wong has been a reliable source of leaked features since Facebook Dating was announced. She previously revealed screenshots of Facebook’s internal tests[*2] of the service, a suggested matches[*3] feature, a questions[*4] feature, the in-app gender options[*5] and Dating’s location in the profile tab[*6] of the Facebook mobile app.
Facebook recently revealed plans to combine Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp into a single messaging network. Once combined, users will be able to message friends from their preferred platform without the need to switch between interfaces. Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly ordered end-to-end encryption to be implemented on Messenger and Instagram in preparation for the creation of the unified messaging network. The three apps will continue to exist as standalone platforms.
A statement from Facebook said: “We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private. We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks.”
It is not yet clear whether the Live Location safety feature will be compatible with all three services or only Facebook Messenger.
For more on this, you can read our Facebook Dating review.