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.
The company had said it was planning on including a dating feature in its app back in May, when CEO Mark Zuckerberg repeated the company's focus on "meaningful relationships" at the company's developer conference. Facebook has also confirmed that the feature is being tested within the main Facebook app.
'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. However, we've just learned that Facebook's Tinder-like feature will be implemented directly within its social apps. "Dogfooding" is a term used by tech companies to refer to internal testing of a product before it's released to the public. "This is not meant for dating your coworkers", the screenshot read.
In clearly separating users' dating profiles from their existing friend circles, the company appears to be trying to get ahead of the issue. If a mutual attraction is established, you and your virtual date can start messaging each other through WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. "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. Facebook also said the new dating feature is a free service for all users and will not include ads while in use.
Facebook Product Chief Chris Cox showed a design of the dating project to the audience.