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Facebook's free to use speed dating app Sparked will let users date without meeting

Ankita Chakravarti     April 14, 2021

Facebook is testing a new speed dating app called Sparked which has a different concept altogether. The app has been developed by Facebook's in-house team NPE, which develops experimental apps. Although the Sparked dating app is different from Facebook dating, it requires a Facebook profile to create an account. The app is currently being tested by the team at Facebook.

The Verge was the first to report about the upcoming app by Facebook. The report states that the webpage of the Sparked app, which is now unavailable, carried a description of the app which read, "video dating with kind people." The app is seemingly different from the other dating apps like Bumble, Tinder, Hinge, or any other platform. It apparently does not have the swipe left or right feature, there is no special DM section and Facebook would not charge you any money for the app. The social media giant has promised that the app would not have any public profiles.

The report states that the app would not let users chat once they have matched on the platform. It will let people have speed video dates that will only last four minutes. There is no mention of whether a user can only have one date or many. What we know so far is that each first date can only last or four minutes. However, the app says "if you both have a great time", you can have a second date which can last 10 minutes. The app will also let users share their contact information through various messaging platforms including the iMessage, email, or Instagram.

However, it is not as simple as it appears to be. Especially people with nefarious intentions will find it hard to create a profile. As per the report, while creating a profile on Sparked, users will have to first state what makes them a kind dater. The response will then be reviewed by a human, post which permission to go on speed dates will be granted. Before creating an account, users will have to specify whether they are looking to date men, women, or trans people.

But still remains unclear is how exactly will people match with each other as there is no swipe left-right option. And once the user signs up for the speed dating thing, how will Facebook ensure the safety and privacy of the person. These questions will be answered only when Facebook decides to launch the app. As of now, the app is not available for download on either Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

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