Facebook announces new optional dating feature

Steve Phelps
May 2, 2018

Shortly before Zuckerberg kicked off his keynote, the CEO shared a post on Facebook announcing that the company is working on a new Clear History feature which will allow users to see information about apps and websites that they have interacted with and clear them from their accounts.

This latest news comes after the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw millions of users' data shared without permission.

The platform clampdown followed revelations earlier this year about Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that in 2014 acquired some 87 million Facebook user profiles harvested by a Cambridge University researcher using Facebook's Graph API.

Google and Apple allow users to permanently delete their browsing and search histories from its servers.

In an April post, Facebook outlined the types of data other websites collect from users.

Users will also be able to browse events near them and groups involving things they're interested in, reflecting how many people meet to date anyway.

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He said it would be created to build "meaningful, long-term relationships", rather than "just for hook-ups", citing the "200 million people on Facebook that list themselves as single" as evidence of potential demand for the new feature.

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Zuckerberg also took mercy on Facebook app developers, who have had to cope with reduced access to data and a suspension of app approvals. "It wouldn't have happened without him". "Your Facebook won't be as good while it relearns your preferences", Zuckerberg said.

The Zucks said you won't be obligated to participate even though the platform is being built directly into Facebook's current app, so don't worry about Gran accidentally swiping right.

Now, he said, you'll be able to bring your friends together, "laugh together, cry together", Zuckerberg said to laughs, adding that some of his friends "actually did this".

"We will make mistakes, and they will have consequences, and we will need to fix them", he said.

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