Facebook Starts Testing Dating Product Internally


Think of dating apps, and the likes of Tinder, Grindr and Match.com spring to mind, and now Facebook is looking to take itself a slice of the action.

Facebook had announced the dating product - which will not be a standalone dating app - during its F8 developer conference in the United States in May.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the company is currently "testing Facebook Dating internally (as we regularly do with new features)", but said they "don't have anything more to share right now".

'The objective for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing user interface, ' the terms and conditions state.

Facebook also specified to its employees that testing the product is completely voluntary and has no impact on their employment.

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The screenshots reveal privacy settings to limit who can and can't see a user's dating profile. This means that things like features, launch date, and more is still anyone's guess.

Facebook employees in the company's offices in Mountain View, California, who opted into the internal testing programme were sent links to sign up to the app last week.

Mr Zuckerberg said his aim for the tool is to create "real, long-term relationships" and "not just hook-ups". In other words, your Facebook profile and your dating profile should be as separate as you'd like them to be (emphasis on "should").

Facebook Product Chief Chris Cox showed a design of the dating project to the audience. It will have a feature called "unlocking" that will make your profile visible to other attendees of events or members of groups.