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Dating App by Social Networking Giant Facebook in Testing Phase

The move is being seen as a major competition for the Match Group which owns and operates mobile dating app Tinder and popular dating platform OkCupid

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Aiming to take on mobile dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble, social networking giant Facebook on Thursday started testing its new dating product in Colombia.

“At first glance, ‘Facebook Dating’ closely resembles its competitor Hinge. Both depart from the swiping model popularised by Tinder in favour of asking users to answer question prompts and start conversations based on something in a person’s profile,” The Verge reported.

“Facebook Dating” includes integration with Groups and Events and draws on other aspects of Facebook to expand the dating pool and encourage users to meet in public.

“Dating has been a behaviour that we’ve seen on Facebook for a really long time,” Nathan Sharp, Product Manager, Facebook, was quoted as saying by The Verge.

“We want to make it easier and more comfortable for people to engage in. We just thought that now was the right time,” he added.

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“Facebook Dating” would be available within the social networking company’s mobile app and won’t be available for desktop users as of now.

It is currently available to users 18 and above, free of cost, and doesn’t include any advertisements or premium features.

The company began testing the app internally in August and asked its employees to use fake data for their dating profiles and plans to delete all data before the public launch.

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Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg originally announced the app at Facebook F8 keynote, popularly called F8 developer conference in San Jose, California in May 2018.

The move is being seen as a major competition for the Match Group which owns and operates mobile dating app Tinder and popular dating platform OkCupid. (IANS)

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Facebook Again in Controversy For Search Function Suggesting Friends’ Bikini-clad Photos

Twitter users also noted how Facebook’s search bar automatically suggested photographs of female friends in bikini

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Facebook has again courted controversy with a search function that allows users to scout for photographs of female, but not male friends, the media reported.

The feature was spotted by Belgian security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire, whose findings led to revelations that Facebook prompts users to search for photographs of female friends in bikini, The Independent said on Friday.

The tech giant originally called it a ‘bug’, only to issue a clarification later to explain that it is not a glitch but simply how the search feature works. A Facebook spokesperson said it is working to fix the issue.

“Facebook has modified its creepy hidden search feature this weekend,” Ceukelaire tweeted earlier this week.

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This photograph taken on May 16, 2018, shows a figurine standing in front of the logo of social network Facebook on a cracked screen of a smartphone in Paris. VOA

“You can no longer retrieve hidden photographs of your male friends. Women can/may still be stalked. Even more, when you request photographs from your male friends, Facebook assumes you wanted to see pictures of women,” Ceukelaire added.

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His tweets prompted responses that Facebook is “sexist” due to the way its internal search feature functions.

Twitter users also noted how Facebook’s search bar automatically suggested photographs of female friends in bikini. (IANS)