Facebook Launching Dating Feature, Portable VR Headset

Facebook Launching Dating Feature, Portable VR Headset

Some details about the Facebook dating service are still unclear, but Zuckerberg took the opportunity to throw shade at the other dating apps in the market.

Mark Zuckerberg surprised us yesterday at Facebook's annual developers conference when he announced that Facebook will soon launch a dating feature. Unlike other dating apps, this app will be completely focused towards building a real long-term relationship between 2 people.

Zuckerberg says users will have more privacy controls and access to a new feature called 'clear history, ' which will allow users to delte browsing information on Facebook.

With a new dating app, Facebook could potentially leverage its extensive web of connections among people and data on relationships - users are able to publicize their relationship status on their profile pages - as well as its massive financial resources, to compete with the incumbents.

To further inspire confidence in advertisers, Facebook also announced a new Facebook Analytics app to help businesses track their apps, websites, bots and event source groups, according to TechCrunch.

Facebook's safety net for the dating feature is that whatever people do within that section is sacred territory and will not be shown to their friends.

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And it could be a bit troubling, considering how dependent most of these dating platforms are on Facebook as a way to get data of the user.

From there, you can create a separate dating profile that uses only your first name, and it will also not be visible to your existing network of Facebook friends.

In particular, the announcement of the Facebook dating app quickly made waves, with the shares of Match Group, which runs dating apps like Tinder and OKCupid, plunging in response.

Once that's done, they can strike up a conversation with you by using pictures from your profile or their mutual friends list. It can do this because each time you visit a website it will ask for "cookies" which identify that you're actually a Facebook user. At least for now, the impression is that the Facebook Dating feature will be open to all the Facebook users who opt for it.

When asked whether Facebook or Zuckerberg himself would invest in non-profit efforts supporting the investigative journalism that he said he values, Zuckerberg said he preferred that media companies find sustainable models of their own. After all, Facebook is already embroiled in a data scandal. "Their product could be great for U.S./Russia relationships". It also poked Facebook by calling attention to the controversy that has surrounded the company since March, when it was revealed that the social network had allowed a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, to harvest the information of up to 87 million Facebook users. "You'll even be able to turn off having this information stored with your account", wrote Zuckerberg, in a Facebook post.

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