Facebook has launched a new feature that enables users to personally request unpublished information such as a friend’s relationship status.
The new feature, called Ask, makes it possible for Facebook users to request certain information about friends that is not currently public on the site.
This includes details such as their home town and job, but also their relationship status - adding an increased dating aspect to the social network.
The feature cannot be turned off, and applies to every aspect of a friend's profile that is not already public.
A new Ask button appears next to any sections that have not been filled in. Clicking the button sends a request.
Facebook says that a level of privacy remains, as users have the choice as to who they share the requested information with.
A Facebook spokesman said: "This feature provides an easy way for friends to ask you for information that's not already on your profile.
"For example, a friend could ask where you work or for your home town. If you choose to answer, this information is then added to your profile.
"By default, only you and your friend can see it, and you also have the option of sharing it with others, too."
Facebook also points out that you can ignore these requests, and also highlighted that only friends can request this information - so there is no chance of unknown users contacting you in this way.