Zuckerberg on the basis of Facebook creates a Dating service

Zuckerberg on the basis of Facebook creates a Dating service

One of the major announcements from Facebook's F8 conference is a new privacy feature that will let users clear all their history on Facebook, much like what you can already do on your browser.

Zuckerberg pitched the dating service as beneficial to the "200 million people that list themselves as single on Facebook". Additionally, Facebook also says that "the more active you are in the communities around you, the more opportunities you'll have to meet awesome people".

The social media giant's attempts at playing cupid will look to rival the likes of Match, which saw its shares tumble 17 per cent last night following Facebook's announcement. Facebook is no longer happy with being the number one social media in the world or by owning the number two and three in that space. According to the Indian Express, Facebook will use an algorithm to suggest potential matches that will be based on preferences, mutual friends, and common likes. That is a risk Facebook now apparently has to take as the company is still dealing with backlash from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where the data of 87 million users was abused by a data firm linked to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Are you ready for a Facebook-based dating app? You can then tap an event to unlock it and see other dating app users who are interested in the event and start messaging with them.

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"Today we're introducing a feature that will enable people affected by a crisis to share firsthand accounts of timely information, like road closures and damage photos and videos, making it easier to get real-time updates".

But the biggest question is will you use the Facebook dating service?

Users of the service will be able to build a dating profile that's separate from their main profile.

Egan stated the Clear History feature will be rolling out in coming months with the company planning a series of round table events to discuss the design of the controls. Zuckerberg also announced that Facebook was building a "clear history" tool to allow users to delete their browsing history.

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Facebook wants to take on dating apps like Tinder, and its betting on the fact that many people already use the app regularly.

In a blog post from Facebook VP and Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan, it's explained that the company doesn't wipe the data entirely; it will still be collected but won't be associated with specific accounts.

And taking a slight dig at the popular notion of Tinder being only for hookups, he even said, "This is for building real long-term relationships, not just hookups".

Facebook also launched a new version of its virtual reality headset, called Oculus Go, which operates without a smartphone and costs $US199.

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