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Facebook’s Dating Service Goes Live In Europe After Long Delay

  • February launch was delayed after Irish data regulator concern
  • Romantic activity will be kept out of public feeds by default
Painters work on an advertisement for the Facebook dating service in Philadelphia, U.S., in 2019.
Painters work on an advertisement for the Facebook dating service in Philadelphia, U.S., in 2019. Photographer: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Facebook Inc. released its nascent dating feature to European users following months of delays caused by the data protection concerns of local regulators.

Facebook Dating is an opt-in service that lets members of the social network find romantic partners, though, crucially, the feature won’t match individuals with their existing friends, the company said Thursday.