Facebook's new 'meet up' feature is creeping us out

Rebekah Scanlan
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Facebook has come a long way since the days of poking your mates and writing on walls.

But a new Tinder like feature that encourages friends to “meet up” is being rolled out and it’s creeping us out.

Users are now being sent notifications asking if they want to catch up with a specific friend.

The new ‘meet up’ feature from Facebook prompts you to consider meeting up with your mates, asking you to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to hanging out with them. Source: Facebook

Then — just like Tinder — you can anonymously choose ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

If both say ‘yes,’ Facebook sends you both a message through their Messenger app, prompting you to start talking about when and where you’d like to meet.

The new tool has left Facebook users feeling freaked out, saying it will cause social “anxiety”. Source: Fox

Freaked out? You’re not alone.

People around the world have taken to Twitter to call out the new feature for making them “anxious” about the social pressure it causes.

Some however love the idea, saying it gives them a reason to chat to their friends and family.

It looks like this is the start of a whole new era of Facebook.

In May, the social media giants announced plans to launch their own dating app, with users being able to opt-in to be able to mingle with non-friends, according to Tech Crunch

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