Bumble Drops Facebook Account Requirement

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That sets Bumble apart from Tinder.

Users can now access various Facebook settings, including Account Settings, Privacy Shortcuts, News Feed Preferences, Activity Log, Payments Settings and access to Help & Support, with lesser number of mouse clicks. First time users shared their Facebook profile with Bumble, which imported their name, age, school or occupation and photos to build a profile.

Other dating apps allow phone number registration but, according to Bumble, "still share data with Facebook". Bumble also used the information on Facebook - including friends, photos and "likes" - to match its users with potential partners.

As Techradar put into perspective, there are 36.38 million people who have deleted the mobile app and 19.26 million who have deleted their accounts out of the 214 million total Facebook users in the US.


Bumble representatives did not immediately respond to Ars' questions about how the app's TOS may change in light of this registration adjustment or how the company's moderation system will adapt to this Facebook-credential removal.

Bumble's VP of worldwide marketing and communications Louise Troen said "many" of its over 30 million users have looked for a different sign-up/log-in method. "As always, empowering our users to make connections is our number one priority and we wanted to continue to ensure our users felt safe while doing this".

Bumble, a Tinder-like dating app that launched in 2014 with a "women send the first message" twist, announced plans on Monday to remove its Facebook credential requirement effective tomorrow, April 17. Bumble used the Facebook login as a way to speed up the registration process and verify identities.

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