PETALING JAYA: Malaysians, you can slide left to Tinder … because now you can flick your finger on Facebook to find a romance!
The new Facebook Dating feature of the social networking application has been expanded to include Malaysia in its latest app update, Facebook announced Wednesday (May 1).
Malaysia will be one of 14 other countries that will have this feature, including Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Brazil, Peru and Chile.
The feature can be found in the latest Facebook update for your mobile applications and those who want access need to enable it within their settings.
The head of the App Fidji Simo said that with the Facebook dating feature, it is possible to find a partner if there are interests in common and shared groups, for example.
"With all of the changes we're making in Facebook communities, you'll come to Facebook not only to connect with people you already know, but also to meet people you might want to meet – maybe even" ", she said.
Simo also ensured that Facebook's dating feature is "safe, opt-in and inclusive".
"Your dating profile is separate from the main profile (of Facebook)," she told the audience at the annual F8 conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, on Tuesday (April 30).
She also said she received great comments from countries that have the characteristic of Colombia, Thailand, Canada, Argentina and Mexico.
Simo was among several speakers who talked about Facebook updates in the near future.
At the conference, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg also said that they were shifting the design of the application to be simpler, faster and more immersive.
He also talked about building a social platform more focused on privacy, giving people spaces where they can freely express themselves and feel connected to the people and communities that matter most.
The full video can be seen in the latest update of Facebook Newsroom.
The Facebook dating feature has another sub-feature called "Secret Crush" – which allows the user an opportunity to explore "potential romantic relationships within their own extended circle of friends."
If you choose to use Secret Crush, you can select up to nine Facebook friends you would consider dating.
"If your passion has opted for Facebook Dating, they will get a notification that someone has a crush on them," he said, adding that his list of secret passions is private.
"If your passion adds you to the secret crush list, it's a game!"