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At Facebook’s annual developer conference on Tuesday, Mr.Zuckerberg revealed that the world’s largest social network will soon offer an online dating service.
Nick Hayes, senior analyst at research firm Forrester, said the guidelines around its dating tools may help users feel more secure or inclined to share information, but it's not evident as of right now how else Facebook will protect user privacy.People like to share lots of things with their friends and family, but not what concerns their private life and dates." "It's quite interesting to note this announcement has been done just a few weeks after the Cambridge Analytica concerns," Rappaport added, suggesting it was a way to make the bad news "disappear," so Facebook doesn't have to "talk about the past." Facebook announced at its annual F8 developer conference that it would add dating features to the existing Facebook mobile app, but hasn't given many details.The company promised it would respect people's privacy, and that it wouldn't show friends as prospective matches."We've designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning." Dating profiles, in fact, won't be visible to friends or appear in News Feeds.It's an opt-in feature, and users won't be matched with people they're already friends with on Facebook.And that's probably why they haven't tried to buy any other app," he said.
When Business Insider interviewed Rappaport in April 2017, he hinted at acquisition offers for Happn.
Match Group responded by pointing to the continued growth of Tinder. Facebook has a history of developing new services for its enormously popular social network that mimic independent services, apps, and sites.
It also poked Facebook by calling attention to the controversy that has surrounded the company since March, when it was revealed that the social network had allowed a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, to harvest the information of up to 87 million Facebook users.“We’re surprised at the timing given the amount of personal and sensitive data that comes with this territory,” Match Group’s chief executive, Mandy Ginsberg, said in a statement. Facebook’s entry will only be invigorating to all of us.”Joey Levin, the chief executive of IAC, also took a dig at Facebook by referring to how Russian agents had used the social network to influence voters in the 2016 presidential election.“Come on in. In 2010, the company introduced Facebook Places, a way for people to identify their physical location online that emulated a service built by the start-up Foursquare.
More recently, it introduced photo filters and visual storytelling tools reminiscent of rival social network Snapchat. Zuckerberg also said that his company would roll similar Snapchat-like tools onto Instagram, which Facebook acquired in 2012. Zuckerberg and Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, made a point of saying the new offering was designed with privacy and safety in mind.
When you create a profile for the dating service, they said, it will not be visible to your existing Facebook friends.
The CEO of dating app Happn thinks Facebook has an ulterior motive for announcing a brand new dating service.