Facebook is excited about its new in-site dating app, Facebook Dating, an app that will feature single-tap profile creation, Instagram story sharing and “Secret Crush” lists. But the rest of the world is a little less excited and the reason is obvious. For all its features and quirks, it sure seems like Facebook Dating is really just another avenue to collect your personal data.
Yeah, I definitely want to give Facebook Dating access to my "Secret Crushes" and the last bit of personal, intimate data they haven't already collected on me. What's not to trust?https://t.co/NIUmWIZUch
— Alex Berg (@itsalexberg) September 5, 2019
After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has lost all benefit of the doubt when it comes to data mining. Thanks to Facebook, corporate and government entities have a robust picture of your life, your travels, your social network and your consumer preferences. But there are things Facebook doesn’t yet know, like what you look for in a partner and who you actually like. And while they certainly have enough information to make an accurate guess at our romantic interests and kinks, why not make it easier by letting us tell them?
Facebook Dating: because we know how often you masturbate
— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) September 5, 2019
It’s easy to shrug your shoulders and opt-in to something like this. Facebook’s already monetized our data—what’s the point in fighting it? But the general greed here is too great to overlook. Facebook, one of the most powerful companies in the world, doesn’t need a dating app to make more money. It’s big and only getting bigger, now with a full-scale marketplace to rival Craigslist and eBay. By introducing a dating option, Facebook isn’t just after more personal data—they’re trying to monopolize life.
“Facebook Dating” already exists and it’s called “being unhappily married for 15 yrs & one day, half in the bag, looking up the guy you went to prom with, striking up a conversation, and 6 months later giving him a blow job in an Applebee’s parking lot” https://t.co/Af2zXxtWw8
— Erin not a good start, Boris Ryan (@morninggloria) September 5, 2019
Fortunately, most people are pretty wise to Facebook’s transparent data play—at least on Twitter. And if we can’t enjoy our online privacy, we might as well enjoy jokes about it.
there's something perfect about Equifax data breach settlement promoted tweets running when you search the term "facebook dating" pic.twitter.com/i4jP0b5830
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) September 5, 2019
welcome to Facebook Dating, where they'll definitely leak your phone number and messages to the world at some point 👨❤️💋👨 https://t.co/rbbQonh3G8
— Owen Williams ⚡ (@ow) September 5, 2019
I saw that Facebook Dating was trending, and this was the first image that popped into my head. pic.twitter.com/YnZsUtvzFl
— JJT (@JohnJTerrible) September 5, 2019
Facebook Dating will use their matchmaking algorithm to find the foreign power hacking our elections who is right for you.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) September 5, 2019