The conference press release said more information would be available when the feature "begins testing later this year." Zuckerberg said the dating service is being designed with privacy in mind, so friends will not be able to see one another's dating profiles.
Facebook profile, but potential dates will see your special dating profile instead of your standard one.It spent a lot of F8 trying to convince people that, yes, Facebook can be trusted again.Observers were quick to point out that launching a new feature like dating, which comes with all kinds of privacy expectations and implications, is either bold or tone deaf, depending on who you ask.From your profile, click on the heart icon to enter what Facebook is calling your "dating home." From there, set up a dating profile, which your Facebook friends won't be able to see. Unlock the physical world event you'd like to attend.Your profile is then shared with other people going to that event, and you will be able to see who's attending and browse their profiles.You can start a private conversation if you find someone of interest.Facebook says the conversations will be text only as a "safety measure," and dating chats will remain separate from Facebook messaging and Whats App.The icon will link to a user's dating profile, if they have set one up.The feature will recommend potential matches based on dating preferences, common interests and mutual friends.The CEO added that the optional dating feature will be aimed at "building real, long-term relationships, not just hookups." Chris Cox, Facebook's chief product officer, said in a separate presentation that the social network had been mulling a dating feature for over a decade, but only seriously began considering it in 2016,when Zuckerberg posted a photo on his Facebook page of a couple who had met through the network.Finding love on Facebook Screenshots at the F8 conference showed a heart-shaped icon at the top-right corner of the Facebook app.