Facebook is testing its very own dating app

Aug 06, 2018, 09:25
Facebook is testing its very own dating app

The social network, which announced plans to enter the dating business during its F8 conference in May, regularly tests new features internally ahead of launch to iron out any bugs. Unfortunately for Wong, it seems to be tested internally because while she could access the signup screen, she could not go further as it appears that Facebook isn't activating non-employee Dating profiles for now.

Facebook is trying to get into the dating game - and we've just had our first proper glimpse at how it might look.

'The goal for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing user interface, ' the terms and conditions state. Three months later, images of the service, which many compared to Tinder, has surfaced online.

Dogfooding is a term used in IT circles, and refers to the use of a company's product by its own staff before being made available to the end consumer. "This is not meant for dating your co-workers", read a screenshot.

The development was spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, a computer scientist who last week identified that the company was developing a talent show feature for its app.

"We have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning".

Later, on its blog, Facebook dished out a few more details: "People will be able to create a dating profile that is separate from their Facebook profile - and potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends. Your friends aren't going to see your profile, and you're only going to be suggested to people who are not your friends", he added. The Dating feature won't cost anything and won't show ads, but Facebook might reconsider the monetization status later on.

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