An example profile picture. Pic: Facebook

Facebook has launched its own dating feature to rival existing apps such as Tinder.

Facebook Dating will appear on the social network’s mobile app and website for users in the UK and Europe from Wednesday.

It will allow people to explore potential romantic relationships with users who are interested in the same groups and events as them.

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The in-app feature is already available in the US and 19 other countries

Daters can share their Facebook and Instagram stories to their profiles to give possible matches a better idea of who they are and how they live their life, a spokesman said.

A “secret crush” feature also enables users to select existing Facebook and Instagram friends they may want to date – but this will only materialise if both parties match – otherwise the selection remains anonymous.

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It includes a ‘secret crush’ feature. Pic: Facebook

Once a couple have matched, as with traditional dating apps, they can start an instant messaging chat.

But as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, Facebook has also included a video chat feature, giving people the option of a “virtual date” if restrictions mean it is difficult for them to meet in person.