Facebook Has Begun Testing Its Dating Feature

Facebook has begun internally testing its dating feature

"This product is for US Facebook employees who have opted-in to dogfooding Facebook's new dating product". Early screenshots of it have just leaked online.

Facebook said in May it would launch a dating app, and now there is a glimpse of what that app will look like.

Facebook has begun internally testing their dating service with employees.

First reported by The Verge, an independent app researcher Jane Manchun Wong found evidence of the dating feature testing and posted it on Twitter. "I can't go past the signup screen".

The company is now testing its "Facebook Dating" feature internally. The objective for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing UI (user interface).

'This is not meant for dating your coworkers'. Dogfooding this product is completely voluntary and has no impact on your environment.

TechCrunch reports that Facebook plans on placing limits on the number of people users can express an interest in, and will enable would-be daters to communicate with either other via WhatsApp or Messenger.

Dating apps like Bumble already ask users to sign in using their Facebook accounts in a bid to spot mutual friends - and avoid making embarrassing connections with family members or close friends. According to the social media network, it's being tested by employees before it will be released for public use.

By reverse-engineering the code of Facebook's most recent version of the app, Ms Wong was able to discover hidden features that hadn't yet been turned on.

"This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships - not just for hookups", the chief executive said, although it isn't clear how Facebook intends to achieve this.

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