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Facebook expands its dating feature test to Canada and Thailand


After launching Facebook Dating in Colombia in September, the company is now expanding its test markets to two new countries: Canada and Thailand. The test also includes a few new features that let you look back at someone you may have previously passed on, or pause from the whole dating scene altogether. The first feature is called Second Look, a self-explanatory tool that allows you to reconsider a previous right swipe. That might be helpful as more people sign on to use the feature since its still very new. The second update lets you pause matching in case youre no longer looking to date, whether thats because youve found someone or are sick of the whole online dating scene. (For more help on how to navigate that, check out my colleague Ashley Carmans guide to dating apps.) Facebook says the expansion to Canada and Thailand will initially begin as signups; users wont be able to immediately browse through matches until enough people have opted into Facebook Dating. Currently, the feature sits inside the main Facebook app instead of a spinoff like Messenger and Facebook Local.

Facebook Dating expands to Canada and Thailand


And the company has added some new features. Facebook's quest to help singletons find love continues. After launching its Dating feature in Colombia in September, it's now rolling the service out to Canada and Thailand. And, presumably based on feedback from its Colombian users, it's adding a couple of new features. The newest version will allow users to temporarily pause matches, as well as give them the ability to take a "second look" at potential matches they'd previously said no to -- a feature that might prove useful as enthusiastic users wait for others in their area to get on board with the app (although Facebook has said users in Canada and Thailand won't be able to match with anyone right away, as it waits for enough people to sign up). The company hasn't given any details on how many Facebook users in Colombia have used the feature, although product manager Nathan Sharp has said there's been an "overwhelmingly positive response" so far. Nonetheless, the expansion of Facebook Dating comes at a precarious time for the company, as it continues to face scrutiny for its involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, as well as ongoing investigation into its role in political interference. However, the company wouldn't roll out the feature further if there was no demand for it, so people are clearly still willing to let Facebook into the most intimate areas of their lives.