Facebook wants to set you up on a date

Greg Lawrence
May 2, 2018

Cox said he had been thinking about a dating feature on Facebook since 2005, when he joined the company about a year after its founding. He told a story of being stopped on the street by married couples who had met through Facebook, and said that he wanted to make a more deliberate effort to bring couples together.

It's a tricky balancing act that Facebook is playing as it continues to build products that are powered by people's personal data.

He unveiled an array of new Facebook and Instagram features, including live video chats on Instagram, a Facebook dating service, and a way for users to clear their browsing history from the service, leaving the company blind about what websites users have visited.

Looking to divert some of the attention being paid to Facebook's failings, Zuckerberg pointed to the good that has come from this massive web of digital friendships spanning the globe, from disaster relief to blood donations. For instance, Facebook could use the conference to release a portable headset created to turn the so far geeky realm of virtual reality into a mass phenomenon. The Oculus Go, a $199 stand-alone headset, is now available for sale. That could potentially allow it to match people more effectively than rival sites with less data at their fingertips.

Facebook also made the surprise announcement that its portable VR headset - Oculus Go - would go on sale in the United States on Tuesday, priced $199 (£146).

The need for additional equipment is one of the reasons virtual reality, or VR, has had limited appeal so far.

The dating feature will not be forced on everyone.

Facebook plans to add a dating service, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says, marking the first time the world's largest social media network has actively tried to help people form romantic relationships.

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Shortly after Facebook announced stricter rules for its third-party developers, Tinder stopped working for some of its users who were temporarily unable use their Facebook credentials to log into their Tinder accounts.

With Facebook Clear History feature, Zuckerberg is looking to give people a better control over their data.

Match's Tinder app already uses a bevy of Facebook data to populate pictures, hobbies and likes on its platform.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his company's annual developer conference acknowledging that 2018 has been an "intense year" just four months in.

Zuckerberg, seemingly aware that debuting a dating service after the numerous data privacy problems, said that Facebook designed the dating app "with privacy and safety from the beginning".

But unlike other recent public appearances, he did not start off with an apology for the company's recent privacy scandal.

For Zuckerberg, that's meant repeated apologies to users and lawmakers, two days of congressional questioning about whether and how the company protects its users' privacy.

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