Move over, Tinder & Bumble: Facebook begins testing dating project internally

Judy Cobb
August 6, 2018

Facebook asked their employees to use fake data for their dating profiles and promised to delete them all before the product's launch.

An app researcher, Jane Manchun Wong, tweeted images of the Facebook app with features now limited to Facebook employees only.

A Facebook representative confirmed testing has kicked off, saying, "We are testing Facebook Dating internally (as we regularly do with new features), but we don't have anything more to share right now". Dogfooding this product is completely voluntary and has no impact on your environment.

The social media giant is internally testing the service with Facebook employees, according to a Twitter user who appeared to leak screenshots of the app on Twitter.

For those who are curious, it seems that you'll have to wait until Facebook launches the feature, but if online dating is your thing, there are plenty of alternatives out there that could be worth taking a look at for now.

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Facebook recently shut down "Lifestage", its standalone social networking app that it released a year ago for high schoolers.

Mr Zuckerberg said his aim for the tool is to create "real, long-term relationships" and "not just hook-ups".

But to date, Facebook has left the business of more intimate, romantic connections to apps like Tinder.

"We have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning".

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. Also, you'll be able to choose if you want the friends of your friends to see you as well.

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