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Facebook has launched its long awaited “Facebook Dating” service in Europe. According to Facebook, the new feature has been launched in 32 European states. The service has been in beta-testing for a year available for selected individuals in 20 countries, the official launching was delayed due to regulatory concerns.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DCP) who acts as the regulatory body for the European Union raised concerns on the service, pushing back its official launch. However, documentations on the service was presented to the commission earlier this year in February and the commission has since given the green light for the service.

The dating service by Facebook will be an optional service within the Facebook service which will allow users to create a dating profile, but it will not allow users to change their first name and age. Users will also be allowed to delete their profile at any given time.

Though the feature is only currently available to the US and the European Union, they are expected to release the service worldwide in as early as January 2021. As of now, Thailand remains the first and only Asian country to have the Facebook dating service.

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