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Facebook Dating is work in progress, now being tested by Facebook employees

06 August 2018, 09:21 | Jodi Jackson

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Facebook Dating

Facebook is testing a new dating feature in its app, laying the ground for an enormous challenge for apps like Tinder, OkCupid, and Bumble.

For those of you waiting to try and find love through your social network, the Facebook dating app is now being tested internally inside the company, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.

Facebook is now testing the dating feature in its app with Facebook employees, a process known as "dogfooding".

Facebook announced the dating product at its F8 developer conference in the U.S. in May.

Another discovery made by Wong is that Facebook is apparently testing a dating feature called "Conversation Starters", which will help break the ice with your matches.

'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. "This is not meant for dating your coworkers", Facebook told The Verge.

Right now, some of Facebook's staff in the U.S. are putting the app through its paces, though it's mainly to spot bugs and problems rather than set up any office romances, Facebook says.

Dogfooding is an informal term used by companies to describe internal testing.

"This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships and not just for hookups", Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during his keynote. Once you enable the Dating feature, it will not show up in your News Feed for everyone to see, you'll simply start seeing others using it.

"We have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning. They'll have the option to discover others with similar interests through their Groups or Events".

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