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In his tenure at Facebook, Schrage became one of the most influential voices inside the company

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Facebook’s Public Policy and Communications Head Elliot Schrage who came under fire for shaping highly-criticised public reaction to various scandals including the 2016 US presidential election has decided to quit.

Schrage joined Facebook in 2008 after leaving his job in the same role at Google.

“After more than a decade at Facebook, I’ve decided it’s time to start a new chapter in my life. Leading policy and communications for hyper-growth technology companies is a joy but it’s also intense and leaves little room for much else,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday.

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“Mark (Zuckerberg) and Sheryl (Sandberg) have asked me to stay to manage the transition and then to stay on as an advisor to help on particular projects — and I’m happy to help,” he added.

In his tenure at Facebook, Schrage became one of the most influential voices inside the company.

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“A spate of recent controversies around the mismanagement of the massive platform has weighed on the company and some have justifiably criticised Facebook’s slow and overly cautious response to the crisis. Schrage has been the point person on that response,” said ReCode in a report.

Schrage has been a key figure in shaping Facebook’s response to Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal. (IANS)

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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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