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Privacy Experts Warn About Dangers of New Facebook Dating Feature

Facebook Takes On Tinder By Adding A New Facebook Dating Service Facebook Takes On Tinder By Adding A New Facebook Dating Service
Lloyd Bates | 06 May, 2018, 16:39

In the annual two-day event where developers came together to explore the future of technology, Facebook highlighted a number of tools and initiatives that the company will be working and one of the features included dating service. Seems like it's meant to be the best of both worlds from online dating and Tinder/Bumble-style apps.

Facebook is leaving no stone unturned to compete against different social media platforms. Facebook can therefore make its dating profile questions - and its need to rely on them - less heavy.

Due to the recent scandal, people are anxious about privacy but the CEO personally told the crowd at the press conference that they built the whole system from the ground up while keeping security in mind.

Zuckerberg said in the post that users who choose to clear the data from their Facebook profiles might have a less smooth experience on the social network.

That criticism intensified last month after revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that had worked on Donald Trump's campaign, improperly harvested and used the Facebook data of as many as 87 million users.

"If we're focused on helping people build meaningful relationships this is perhaps the most meaningful of all". And what better way to get back to its original goal of "connecting the world" than by launching a dating service?

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Facebook dating will most likely be a free service. 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". "We're surprised at the timing given the amount of personal and sensitive data that comes with this territory", said Match CEO Mandy Ginsberg in reference to the data scandal in which Facebook is now involved.

Zuckerberg said the new dating features will be optional. The new feature was announced by Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

It was only a matter of time.

The app will find potential matches "based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends", and users can search for others based on the groups they're a part of and events they're interested in. According to a video NBC News shared from the F8 conference featuring Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, just like with other online dating sites, you would create a dating profile.

As much as Facebook may want us to believe this is a well-intentioned move, to not fear that Facebook would be keeping tabs on the users of the dating app would be naive.

As the conference took place so soon after of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that revealed millions of Facebook users' data had been breached, Zuckerberg assured the dating app had been designed "with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning".

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