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Facebook Expans Its Dating Service To Canada And Thailand

The test feature is now available to users 18 and above

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Keeping in line with its aim to take on mobile dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble, Facebook has expanded its dating feature test to two new countries — Canada and Thailand.

“Facebook Dating” service test was first launched in Colombia in September. The feature included user-integration with Groups and Events on the social networking platform with the idea to encourage people to meet in public.

For the tests in Canada and Thailand, Facebook has new functionalities. Among them is a feature called the “Second Look” that allows users to reconsider a previous decision. So one can pause matching in case they are no longer looking to date, The Verge reported on Thursday.

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The feature is available inside the main Facebook app itself.

The social networking giant believes that this test feature expansion would initiate more signups and increase the userbase on “Facebook Dating” with enough people who opt into the app and begin matching, the report added.

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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The test feature is now available to users 18 and above, free of cost and without any advertisements or premium features.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg originally announced the app at the company’s F8 keynote, popularly called F8 developer conference in San Jose, California in May 2018. (IANS)

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People Raise Over $1 bn on Facebook

With fundraisers both big and small, people have made a lasting difference in their communities

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Facebook on Wednesday said its charitable giving tools have helped people raise over $1 billion in a span of three years.

So far, over 20 million people have either donated to or started a fundraiser on Facebook.

The social network also announced that it was bringing the non-profit fundraising tools to Canada and Australia.

“Our nonprofit and personal fundraising tools are now available in 20 countries,” Naomi Gleit, Facebook’s Vice President for Social Good said in a statement.

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People use Facebook’s charitable giving tools for non-profit and personal causes.

Facebook introduced these tools in 2015. They are still not available in India.

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“Our non-profit community also continues to grow, and there are now over 1 million nonprofits in 19 countries that can receive donations directly through Facebook,” Gleit added.

With fundraisers both big and small, people have made a lasting difference in their communities. (IANS)