Facebook to Launch Opt-In Dating Feature

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Facebook is launching a feature dubbed Clear History and perhaps the most shocking item is that it wasn't there before.

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. Only people who use the dating service will be able to see other parties' profiles. For WhatsApp, Facebook will soon bring group video calling. This is already what other dating apps that rely on Facebook data do, such as Tinder.

However, free communication is not always offered by online dating outlets.

Shares of Match Group (MTCH), the owner of Tinder, Match.com and OkCupid, which dominate the online dating market in the US, plummeted on the news, ending down 22% at $36.71. Sparks Networks, owner of JDate and ChristianMingle, fell 7.3 percent. You meet people, talk to them, and maybe start dating if enough sparks fly.

The feature would be for finding long-term relationships, "not just hook-ups", he said.

The company announced at its F8 2018 developer conference today that it's launching a dating profile feature, "for real relationships, not hookups", Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on the keynote stage.

"Fixing" Facebook will take three years, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview with Wired.

One such app maker, Cubeyou, says it was wrongfully suspended without warning and remains suspended despite having provided evidence that it didn't sell or misuse people's data. Zuckerberg declined the invitation, instead sending Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's chief technology officer, to brief the committee. "There's no guarantee that we get this right", he said.

After finding someone you're interested in, you'll then choose a photo of theirs that acts a "conversation starter".

The dating feature will not be forced on everyone.

Facebook's developer conference comes as the giant faces global scrutiny over the mass harvesting of personal data for use by a British political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, which worked for Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign. This F8 is important for the future direction of Facebook.

The founder of Facebook added that users can also disable the saving of cookies and browsing history.

The new feature, which has yet to go live, allows users to delete their browsing history within Facebook, similar to how cookies and viewing history can be deleted from a web browser.

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