Looking for your happy ever after isn’t always sweetness and light though.
Online dating could open tech-savvy singletons up to a dark side of dating.
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.
Just don't go digging for details that they're not making public – that's not cool.
Bear in mind, teachers, spies and privacy savvy users will unlikely have an easy to trace online fingerprint.
These verify your identity with either a number or a Facebook profile, sifting through a layer of scam daters.
Admittedly, it's not the most cutting edge security, but it’s a layer of protection.
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.
The reaction to Facebook’s dating app was immediate.
Shares of Match Group, the company that runs Tinder and other popular dating apps such as OKCupid, plummeted more than 22 percent — the largest one-day drop in its history — after Mr. Shares of Match Group’s owner, Inter Active Corp, or IAC, dropped by almost 18 percent. Zuckerberg painted the new dating service as a natural extension of Facebook, saying that he is frequently approached by couples on the street who say they first met on the social network.“If we’re focused on helping people build meaningful relationships, this is perhaps the most meaningful of all,” he said.
More than 200 million people on Facebook identify themselves as single, he said, and the new service will let these people connect with each other from within the company’s primary app.“This is for building real long-term relationships, not just hookups,” Mr.
Zuckerberg said, in an apparent jab at dating apps like Tinder that have a reputation for stoking casual romantic behavior.