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Friday, 11 May 2018

Facebook To Launch Dating Service For Relationships That Can Lead To Marriage

The social network has plans to help unlock its users' hearts and help them find long-term relationships, "not just hookups." CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the optional dating feature was built around privacy concerns.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday that the social network will play the role of online matchmaker by offering its users a dating service.

Zuckerberg presented the news at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, California. He said the dating service would be a natural fit for the company whose stated mission is to bring the world closer together, but that has recently been engulfed by data privacy scandals.

"There are 200 million people on Facebook that list themselves as single, so clearly there's something to do here," Zuckerberg said, referring to the relationship status information that users can voluntarily provide in their Facebook account.

The CEO added that the optional dating feature will be aimed at "building real, long-term relationships, not just hookups."
Chris Cox, Facebook's chief product officer, said in a separate presentation that the social network had been mulling a dating feature for over a decade but seriously began considering it in 2016,when Zuckerberg posted a photo on his Facebook page of a couple who had met through the network.

Screenshots at the F8 conference showed a heart-shaped icon at the top-right corner of the Facebook app. The icon will link to a user's dating profile, if they have set one up.

The feature will recommend potential matches based on dating preferences, common interests and mutual friends. It will also allow a user to browse event attendees and send them messages.

It was unclear when the product would be launched and whether it would be available on the web platform. The conference press release said more information would be available when the feature "begins testing later this year."

Zuckerberg said the dating service is being designed with privacy in mind, so friends will not be able to see one another's dating profiles. Facebook has recently weathered a firestorm over its privacy policy.

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FACEBOOK COMMENTS

Endy Edeson

The app even has a feature for the morality police since only "real" singles will be allowed to use it. Anyone whose profile is tagged "in a relationship" or "married" will be barred.
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Mary Tsehe

NYC.... I met my lawyer, nown my husband via Facebook
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Treasure Samson

How do we get connected to inshodar singles

Endy Edeson

@Mary, wow! That's great. Facebook is a world of its own. @Treasure, can you please rephrase your question? I don't understand
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Treasure Samson

How can we knw our self singles

Endy Edeson

Treasure, it is through your about page settings. If you put Married as your status on your current Facebook profile, the new dating app won't approve you. Only for singles
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Ganiu Ahmed Kolawole

Good idea but people will abuse it, in fact some people will be changing their profile from married to single now...
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Endy Edeson

Aristos, Mark has empathy for single guys and wants to help them

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