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Will users love it? Facebook is launching a dating feature

02 May, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • Protesters brought an effigy of Mark Zuckerberg to Parliament after the social network boss refused to attend in person

"We're focused on helping people build meaningful relationships", he said, and "this might be the most meaningful of all".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg struck a defiant tone during his opening keynote for the company's f8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, assuring developers that the company wasn't slowing down.

With Facebook's dating feature, a user can set up a profile that will be separate from their regular profile and nothing connected to their dating feature activities will ever show up in News Feed.

In a letter, the chairman of the United Kingdom committee investigating these issues, Damian Collins, said the last person Facebook sent to testify, its chief technology officer, didn't adequately answer its questions.

In the dating app, you'll be able to see potential matches, as well as nearby events that match up with you personal interests. In order to suggest potential matches to you, Facebook will need to know information including where you live, and what and who you're interested in.

Zuckerberg also addressed the recent departure of Jan Koum, the co-founder and CEO of messaging platform WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired for $19.3 billion in 2014.

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"I know a lot of you are going to have questions about this".

Zuckerberg said the dating function will be completely optional and opt-in only.

Other details about the service are unclear.

There were also some online rumblings that the dating feature might be open only to people who list themselves as "single" and not those who are "married" or "in a relationship", ignoring the subset of people who are in non-monogamous relationships. Users can chat one-on-one with another user or with a small group and they can keep the conversation going for as long as they want.

Like an old flame wrecking a first date, Facebook Inc FB.O burst in on the matchmaking scene on Tuesday and sent investors in rival apps on a panicked rush for the door. Match, the owner of popular mobile dating app Tinder and OkCupid, calls itself the "global leader in dating" on its website. New measures include auditing apps to find more bad actors, limiting the kind of data developers can collect from Facebook users, and notifying people if their data was leaked to Cambridge Analytica. Facebook had already been changing what information it makes available to other companies like Match as part of its efforts to improve its privacy reputation.

United Kingdom lawmakers want to ask Zuckerberg at least 39 specific questions. Instead, they can input a phone number to register and login. Zuckerberg said that the goal is to take this idea to a different level.

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