When Facebook first announced that it would launch its own dating app, many privacy experts raised concerns. After all, the company already knows everything about us — does it need to pry into our love lives, too? Now the product has actually hit the market, and the reactions have been mixed — to say the least.
According to Facebook’s announcement of the feature, it worked with experts to build in strong security and privacy features, including “the ability to report and block anyone; prohibiting people from sending photos, links, payments or videos in messages; and by providing easy access to safety tips.” However, no matter what Facebook promises, winning over user trust could prove difficult.
“They say that the feature is going to have safety at the forefront and security. But we won’t really know until people get in and start using it and that sort of thing,” The Washington Post’s Lisa Bonos said in an interview with NPR. “I think the bigger issue is that there’s not a lot of trust out there in the public for this company and this platform, so it makes it hard for people to want to do something so personal on there. I mean, you think trust is the backbone of relationships, right?”
Indeed, it’s hard to imagine anyone trusting Facebook with their most private thoughts and feelings. After all, the platform can barely secure something as simple as our contact info.
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