first_img New Tinder Alert Protects LGBTQ Users in Hostile NationsYouPorn’s New ‘Sexy Lingo’ Web App Helps You Flirt in Different Languages Stay on target Facebook is hoping that “like” turns into love. The social-networking firm announced Thursday that it is expanding its online dating service Facebook Dating to two new markets — Canada and Thailand.close dialogclose dialogFacebook Dating first launched in Colombia in September after being unveiled at Facebook’s F8 conference earlier this year.Facebook Dating operates within the core Facebook app, not as a spinoff like Messenger, with users creating profiles that are separate from their Facebook ones and kept out of sight of friends. Facebook will recommend matches that users aren’t already friends with, but who share dating preferences, interests and if they choose, mutual friends or groups and events.Facebook hopes to steer clear of the reputation that plagues some dating apps, such as Tinder, for simply enabling hookups or “casual encounters,” instead of fostering meaningful relationships, Facebook Dating’s program manager Charmaine Hung told Huffington Post Canada.The company is also releasing new features to coincide with the launch in the two countries, including one called Second Look, that lets users look back at someone they may have previously passed on.Another feature lets users take a break from the dating scene by putting the service on pause — similar to the “Snooze” button that Bumble implemented on their own service in September. (Facebook says users can still message people they have already matched while on pause.)According to TechCrunch, other new features include the ability to review a blocked list, support for non-metric units (for things like range and height) and more interactive profile content.The expansion to Canada and Thailand will initially begin as signups, Facebook says. Users won’t be able to immediately browse through matches until enough people have opted into Facebook Dating.More on’s Guide to Online Dating7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating ServiceSwipe Right on the Best Thirsty Mobile Gameslast_img read more