Facebook has confirmed it is testing its new dating feature on its own employees.
Two months ago, at its F8 developer conference, Facebook shared that it was developing a dating app. Facebook hasn't announced a release date for the dating app. The goal for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing UI (user interface). This is not meant for dating your coworkers.
Mr Zuckerberg said his aim for the tool is to create "real, long-term relationships" and "not just hook-ups".
In clearly separating users' dating profiles from their existing friend circles, the company appears to be trying to get ahead of the issue.
"We have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning". In other words, your Facebook profile and your dating profile should be as separate as you'd like them to be (emphasis on "should").
Dating apps like Bumble already ask users to sign in using their Facebook accounts in a bid to spot mutual friends - and avoid making embarrassing connections with family members or close 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. "They'll have the option to discover others with similar interests through their Groups or Events". The Dating feature won't cost anything and won't show ads, but Facebook might reconsider the monetization status later on.