Facebook Debuts New Dating Service and ‘Clear History’ Button
Move over Tinder. Step aside Match.com. There's a new dating service in town. It's coming soon to Facebook.
The new addition to Facebook, simply called 'dating' will be separate so your Facebook friends can't see it. "There are 200 million people on Facebook that list themselves as single, so clearly there’s something to do here,” Zuckerberg told software developers at Facebook’s annual F8 conference.
Once 'dating' is launched, you just hit the heart icon on your Facebook page. Set up your profile that only includes your first name. Then browse events or groups that interest you and unlock the ones you want to attend. Your dating profile will then be shared with others in that group or event. "This is going to be for long term relationships, not just hookups," said Zuckerberg. "We've designed this with privacy and safety in mind."
Dating isn't the only new addition to Facebook. A 'clear history' button will allow users to clear their internet and Facebook browsing history. "In your web browser, you have a simple way to clear your cookies and history," Zuckerberg shared on his Facebook page. "The idea is a lot of sites need cookies to work, but you should still be able to flush your history whenever you want. We're building a version of this for Facebook too."
Zuckerberg promised to "put stronger protections in place to prevent future abuse" after millions of users had their information shared with Cambridge Analytica. "After going through our systems, this is an example of the kind of control we think you should have. It's something privacy advocates have been asking for -- and we will work with them to make sure we get it right."