If you’re looking for love, Facebook Dating is on the way


According to a report in The Verge on Friday, an independent app researcher Jane Manchun Wong found evidence of the dating feature testing and posted it on Twitter.

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".

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Employees in the American headquarters in Mountain View, California who have opted in for the company's internal testing programme were sent links to sign up last week.

At its annual developer conference - F8 - that took place early May, Facebook announced it was working on a dating service. Also, if you block someone on Dating, that person won't be blocked on Facebook too. The goal for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing UI (user interface). It will show you potential matches recommendations based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends. "This is not meant for dating your co-workers". As can be seen in the app flow, you are prompted to set your privacy and also hide your profile from your current set of Facebook friends, a concern that has been highlighted by users on social media ever since Facebook announced its plans. Aspiring yenta Mark Zuckerberg explained it was "going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not hookups". The Dating feature won't cost anything and won't show ads, but Facebook might reconsider the monetization status later on. It will have a feature called "unlocking" that will make your profile visible to other attendees of events or members of groups.