Facebook dating service begins testing internally

Facebook Dating

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While this internal testing of the app by Facebook among its employees promises a high probability of it getting released, it should be noted that many apps haven't been released even after testing.

Jane Manchun Wong - an app researcher who's spotted Facebook features in the past, like Talent Show - posted photos from what she claims is an internal test of Facebook Dating.

Facebook is trying to get into the dating game - and we've just had our first proper glimpse at how it might look.

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.

By reverse-engineering the code of Facebook's most recent version of the app, Ms Wong was able to discover hidden features that hadn't yet been turned on. The goal for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing UI.

Facebook is all set to take on mobile dating apps like Tinder and TrulyMadly. "This is not meant for dating your coworkers", Facebook told The Verge.

In clearly separating users' dating profiles from their existing friend circles, the company appears to be trying to get ahead of the issue. The firm stated that it was to help build long term relationships and not just mere hookups. If a mutual attraction is established, you and your virtual date can start messaging each other through WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.

"We have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning". Other screenshots show the sign-up process for Facebook Dating, including designating who can see it, your gender, how you identify, who you want to meet, and your current city. It will have a feature called "unlocking" that will make your profile visible to other attendees of events or members of groups.

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