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Facebook testing Dating feature internally, reverse engineer finds

Facebook testing Dating feature internally, reverse engineer finds

The app, which is now being tested internally by Facebook workers, allows users to specify if they want to match with people with mutual friends and choose from five genders: "trans woman", "woman", "trans man", "man" and "non-binary people". The Dating feature won't cost anything and won't show ads, but Facebook might reconsider the monetization status later on.

Two months ago, at its F8 developer conference, Facebook shared that it was developing a dating app.

But as with any product in testing, there's no guarantee it will look like this or have these features, and Facebook hasn't set a target date for when its dating feature will go public.

First reported by The Verge, an independent app researcher Jane Manchun Wong found evidence of the dating feature testing and posted it on Twitter. "Your friends aren't going to see your profile, and you're only going to be suggested to people who are not your friends", he added.

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Dating is a good opportunity for Facebook, given that around 200 million users on the social network list themselves as single.

"We have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning". Facebook has also revealed that you can have a separate dating profile which will be made visible to people attending the same event to encourage offline connections. If you find a person that you think it matches your profile, you can text each other via Messenger or WhatsApp if that person expresses a similar interest in you.

Facebook Product Chief Chris Cox showed a design of the dating project to the audience.