Facebook to Let Users Hide Dating from Homepage

Facebook is now giving users more control over what appears on their navigation bar, allowing them to remove shortcuts for certain non-essential tabs.

The update could be useful for people who don’t want the Dating tab visible every time they open the social media service. Other tabs that can be removed include Marketplace, Groups, Watch and Gaming.

The new settings are currently only available on iOS devices, but should be rolled out to Android over the next few weeks. To access the functionality, users simply need to hold down the navigation bar for a few moments.

Facebook hopes that the ability to hide buttons will help people organise their profiles more effectively and keep on top of their most important notifications.

A spokesperson told TechCrunch: “We are rolling out navigation bar controls to make it easier for people to connect with the things they like and control the notifications they get within the Facebook app.”

Facebook Dating’s most recent expansion came at the beginning of September, when it launched in the USA. It is now live in 20 territories, though it is yet to be made available anywhere in Europe.

A new feature titled ‘Secret Crush’ was introduced around the time of the US launch. The innovation allows singles to pick a limited number of existing friends they’d like to date.

If both parties add one another to their Secret Crush lists, then they will be notified of the mutual interest.

Earlier this month, Forbes leaked internal Facebook emails from 2014 which included Mark Zuckerburg discussing the potential impact of Tinder. The Facebook founder was impressed by the product, but rejected the chance to meet Sean Rad, stating: “I don’t think he’s that relevant”.

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