Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook will implement a dating section on its main mobile app during F8, Facebook's annual Developer Conference. The new feature dubbed "Facebook Dating," will help build long term relationships and mirror the way people meet in real life, as over 200 million people in the U.S. say that they are single on their public profiles.
Facebook product chief Chris Cox revealed more details on the dating feature and overall design, as profiles bear similarities to other mobile-focused dating apps like Tinder. Although, Facebook’s variation on dating is more community-focused, with integrations for the events and groups you’re a part of on the platform.
According to Facebook, users will be able to set up a new dating profile that can be separate from your normal Facebook profile, and your activity won't be shared with your friends on FB in places like News Feed.
In addition, it's worth noting that your dating profile shows your first name only, and none of your existing Facebook friends will be potential matches, and your Facebook friends that have opted in to Dating won't be able to see you.
Furthermore, a separate messaging inbox with text-only communications will be implemented, meaning people can't send photos or links when they're chatting for the first time, and you’ll also have the option to "unlock" individual events or groups you’re a member of to see potential matches.
While it's still in its prototype stage, Facebook will be sharing more information when the feature begins testing later this year.
Additionally, Facebook announced other new features like Clear History, which will allow users to delete sensitive information from your account, and turn off the site's ability to store it associated with your account; Sharing Stories; Groups tab, which helps you navigate to your existing groups more easily; Crisis Response, a center on Facebook where people can get information about recent crises and access safety check; and a Blood Donation feature, where people in Bangladesh and Pakistan will be able to view nearby blood donation camps, requests for blood donations and more from one place.
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