Dating sites Match, IAC fall after Facebook enters match-making

02 May, 2018, 02:01 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • With Facebook for Dating, you're either out or way too far in

At its annual developers conference, F8, on Tuesday, the company announced a new dating feature. Match is an online dating conglomerate, with ownership in Tinder, match.com and OkCupid, among others. People using the feature will be able to pick what groups or events they want to "unlock" to see more potential matches with the same interests.

Zuckerberg previously declined to come in person to answer questions from British lawmakers, instead sending Facebook's Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer to face a four-hour grilling last month. "I feel like he struck the right balance between being apologetic, without apologizing, and also refocusing attention on what matters to Facebook, which is building community and moving forward as a business", said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst with eMarketer.

Facebook-owned Instagram has taken on many of Snapchat's top features.

"We are announcing a new set of features coming soon around dating", Zuckerberg told conference attendees, lamenting that his company has been late to the dating game.

Once Zuckerberg was able to address all the ways Facebook was working to fix its data-crisis issues - none of which are all that appealing if you are a developer tasked with designing Facebook apps - he moved on to new product announcements.

Sunny weather for the weekend after a few showers Friday
Tuesday , expect a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., with a high of 79, the weather service said. Rapid warming will increase snowmelt and the potential for flooding in smaller streams and creeks near the foothills.

Under the new feature, users will be able to create a separate "dating" profile not visible to their network of friends, with potential matches recommended based on dating preferences, points in common, and mutual acquaintances. "We need to do more to keep people safe, and we will", but he added that Facebook's primary goal is to "bring people together".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn't going to let Facebook-related controversies like its repeated data privacy problems and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections ruin his hopefulness.

Zuckerberg announced several other new Facebook initiatives as well, including one called "Clear History", a tool that will allow users to see what apps and websites share information with Facebook and delete this information from their account.

Testing on the site is expected to begin later this year. If Facebook offered a dating service, it would essentially be eliminating the middleman. New measures include auditing apps to find more bad actors, limiting the kind of data developers can collect from Facebook users, and notifying people if their data was leaked to Cambridge Analytica.

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.

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