“People will be able to create a dating profile that is separate from their Facebook profile — and potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends.” After setting up a distinct and private dating profile, user will be able to check out groups or events where they live along with profiles of other Facebook members who are taking part.In presenting the new feature, Zuckerberg noted that one-in-three marriages in the United States start online, and that some 200 million people on Facebook identify as being single.Match Group, the parent company of Tinder and several other dating sites, saw its stock drop nearly 19 percent after Facebook announced the feature."We want Facebook to be somewhere where you can start meaningful relationships, so we're excited to start rolling this out soon," Zuckerberg said. Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook's data mining scandal.
Facebook has admitted up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked in the scandal, which saw Zuckerberg grilled at length by the US Congress last month."We need to make sure that never happens again," Zuckerberg told the audience.'CLEAR HISTORY'In a related move, Facebook on Tuesday announced an upcoming feature called "Clear History" that will allow users to see which apps and websites send the network information, delete the data from their account, and prevent Facebook from storing it.The social network has already moved to limit the amount of data it shares with third-party applications and plans further steps to prevent a repeat of the Cambridge Analytica debacle, Zuckerberg said.In a related move, Facebook announced an upcoming feature called “Clear History” that will allow users to see which apps and websites send the network information, delete the data from their account, and prevent Facebook from storing it.Facebook is also reviewing applications overall as well as auditing those that accessed large amounts of data to make sure access isn’t abused, he said.“Security isn’t a problem than you ever fully solve,” Zuckerberg said, outlining the slew of efforts by Facebook to battle election interference, misinformation, spam among other challenges.“This is an arms race; we are going to be working to stay ahead of our adversaries forever.”Zuckerberg’s blend of humour, humility, confidence and determination in a keynote presentation seemed to resonate with the gathering of developers, who credited Facebook with taking responsibility for problems and working on fixing them.Under the new feature, users will be able to create a separate “dating” profile not visible to their network of friends, with potential matches recommended based on dating preferences, points in common and mutual acquaintances.
It will be free of charge, in line with Facebook’s core offering.
The Facebook CEO revealed the new dating features and noted that it is built with "privacy and safety in mind from the beginning." People will not be able to find their Facebook friends as potential dating partners, and will only be matched with others that they're not already friends with, Zuckerberg said.
The new dating feature, which is available on Facebook's app, is posed as a direct competitor against Tinder, a popular dating app that uses Facebook profiles to set up accounts. Facebook's F8 Developer Conference: Follow CNET's coverage.
Facebook has admitted up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked in the scandal, which saw Zuckerberg grilled at length by the US Congress last month.
Facebook wants to help people change their relationship status.
Recently, it's used the event to discuss ways it's allowing app developers to tie into its services, like games for its Messenger service, augmented reality features for its Facebook app, and new artificial intelligence programs.