Contributed by: kellyseal Monday, April 09 2018 @ 09:13 am
Facebook has come under fire, with many longtime users debating whether or not to delete their accounts, rather than make their personal information vulnerable to third parties. But something you might not have considered, brought to light by a reporter from Mashable[*1] , is how deleting Facebook might affect your love life.
Many dating apps rely on Facebook to verify profile information – that is, to make sure you really are a person and not a bot or an advertisement. With this in mind, many apps require that you use your Facebook account to login, including Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, and other really popular apps.
Research firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of hijacking data from 50 million Facebook users and using the data to influence the 2016 U.S. election. This information breach was made possible because Facebook relies on third parties for ad revenue, and also partners with research firms like Cambridge Analytica, which leaves its platform open to security problems. Facebook maintains it didn’t know about the information grab, though evidence has come to light via whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who developed the strategy for hijacking and using the data to create targeted political profiles of Americans.
This breach has sparked outrage among U.S. voters, who have called for Facebook to be held accountable, and for users to delete their accounts. But as many dating app users have found, this can also mean deleting your messages and matches, or even your entire dating profile.
While many Americans are fine with giving up Facebook, they just aren’t ready to let go of their love lives.
Tinder users aren’t able to log on to Tinder once a Facebook account is deleted, which is a huge problem for the dating app and its millions of users. The company has pointed out that users are able to sign up using their phone number instead, but this means creating a new profile and starting from scratch. All messages and matches would disappear.
Bumble is problematic too, but their developers say that users can still access their Bumble accounts even after they delete Facebook, as long as they don’t log out of their Bumble app. The company is working on a solution to avoid using Facebook completely for new users wanting to join.
OkCupid, Grindr and Match users can celebrate. None of these apps require a Facebook login. But Hinge unfortunately really relies on Facebook user data, and if you delete your Facebook account, your Hinge profile will be deleted, too.
Some apps like HER allow users to sign in using Instagram instead of Facebook. This is also a problem, in that Instagram is owned by Facebook – so if you’re trying to secure your data from Facebook’s third parties, you’d have to delete both social media platforms.
One thing is for certain: dating apps will have to come up with a new way of verifying new users and signing them up – using Facebook has become too risky for many seeking love.