Facebook announces new dating feature

In the Facebook’s F8 annual developer conference, Facebook announced a bunch of features. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new dating service, simply called “Dating” or Facebook dating. It will exist right within the social network’s own app.

“This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships — not just hook-ups,” Zuckerberg said.

More details about the feature:

Facebook Product Chief Chris Cox revealed more details on the dating feature and overall design. The profiles bear similarities to other mobile-focused dating apps like Tinder. ‘Dating’, the opt-in feature will be part of Facebook’s main app, but will operate separately from users’ normal profiles, and will be invisible to friends. The dating feature will allow users to create a profile that lists the first name alongside a few photos and personal details, like occupation or city of residence. Dating will also have a dedicated inbox. But, it will not allow you to send photos and links like the Messenger. You can only send text-based messages when chatting for the first time, which Facebook describes as a safety measure.

About Facebook:

Facebook has more than 2.2 billion monthly active users as of January 2018. Out of total users, 200 million users list themselves in the ‘single’ category. We hope that this feature might get some benefits for them.

Facebook has been under pressure to improve privacy controls for its users since news reports in March revealed that the data firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly harvested the data of up to 87 million Facebook users. To cope up with all this, Facebook is trying its best to again build its repo by introducing features like ‘clear history’, ‘dating’ etc.

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