Dating people from facebook

(Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)Facebook Inc. plans to add a dating service, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday, marking the first time the world's largest social media network has actively tried to help people form romantic relationships.

Zuckerberg told software developers at Facebook's annual F8 conference that a dating service would be a natural fit for a company that specializes in connecting people online."There are 200 million people on Facebook that list themselves as single, so clearly there's something to do here," Zuckerberg said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his plans to introduce a dating feature during a speech at the company's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday.

(Stephen Lam/Reuters)As Facebook continues to face questions about its ability to protect the privacy of users' data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, some may wonder about the timing of its announcement that it will soon launch a dating service — which arguably would contain people's most personal information.

Having users to create a dating profile on Facebook — which the company has said would be separate from their regular profiles, and not visible to their friends — would increase the amount of time they spend on the platform and generate "incredibly valuable" information about them."When you indicate on a dating profile what kind of movies you like, you know, music you listen to, restaurants you go to ...

that is really, really precious data because it's the kind of micro-targeted data that marketers are looking for now increasingly," Kurasawa said.

(Fuyuki Kurasawa)Although there's no way to know for sure if Facebook can actually deliver those meaningful relationships, its access to data about users does suggest it could succeed in matching people for dates, said Ramona Pringle, an associate professor at Ryerson University in Toronto and a technology columnist for CBC.

"Clearly, part of this is an attempt on Facebook for public relations reasons to try to turn the page to have the media cover Facebook by looking at a different aspect of the company rather than talking about privacy concerns that users are having," he said.

"It's a very convenient coincidence, if it is purely a coincidence."Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did acknowledge people may have privacy concerns as he announced the dating service at its conference for software developers in California on Tuesday.

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"They [already] have these well-rounded profiles," Pringle said.

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