November 18, 2018

Facebook's dating app is now in testing

05 August 2018, 07:10 | Casey Mitchell

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Now the hot update is that Facebook has begun rolling the app to its employees to test the app for any bugs or uneasiness in using the app.

'This is not meant for dating your coworkers'.

A couple of months ago Facebook announced at its F8 developer conference that it was developing a dating app.

Facebook employees in the company's offices in Mountain View, California, who opted into the internal testing programme were sent links to sign up to the app last week.

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First reported by The Verge, an independent app researcher Jane Manchun Wong found evidence of the dating feature testing and posted it on Twitter.

Facebook has since confirmed that they are testing out the feature but declined to go into further details.

Facebook is reportedly aiming to cash in on the £11billion lonely hearts industry with a dating app to rival the likes of Tinder.

Dating is a good opportunity for Facebook, given that around 200 million users on the social network list themselves as single.

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"This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships - not just for hookups", CEO Mark Zuckerberg said when it was announced.

Facebook Product Chief Chris Cox showed a design of the dating project to the audience. Other options in the images seem to let you keep your normal Facebook profile and your dating Facebook profile separate. Also, you'll be able to choose if you want the friends of your friends to see you as well. It will show you potential matches recommendations based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends.

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