Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Facebook Dating App Announcement Hits Shares Of Match Group, IAC

Facebook Dating App Announcement Hits Shares Of Match Group, IAC

That's according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who announced that his company will begin rolling out a new dating feature during the social network's F8 developer conference on Tuesday.

Facebook separately announced Tuesday that its popular Messenger app would soon be able to translate missives in real time, deploying artificial intelligence to enable text conversations between people using different languages.

Here he said Facebook was restricting the data developers can request from people, and is also auditing apps that used the platform before a 2014 rule change that already limited access.

Mr Zuckerberg did not apologise for the scandal during the conference, only acknowledging that it had been an "intense year" so far and that the firm needs to "make sure that never happens again".

Zuckerberg even found time to make a joke about his recent congressional testimony on the data leak.

Since Cambridge Analytica's fallout, the developers have absorbed much of the impact from Facebook tightening its privacy controls and increasing scrutiny in advertising and data collection.

The announcement comes on the heels of Bumble's high-profile departure from Facebook, as the dating service removed its previous Facebook profile requirement after some users cited issues with the direction Facebook has been heading lately.

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Zuckerberg added that Facebook updated want to enter an available feature that allows you to clear the browsing history on the social network and all user activity.

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Match Group shares fell more than 23 percent on the news of Facebook's service.

It is unclear if Facebook will charge users for its dating feature.

We'll find out more about Facebook's dating app when it's released later this year.

"We're flattered that Facebook is coming into our space - and sees the global opportunity that we do", Match CEO Mandy Ginsberg said in an e-mailed statement. The feature will be called "Clear History". "I know this is going to be harder work on both ends for us".

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Facebook has a mission to connect people to each other, Zuckerberg explained, and it won't stop building tools that do so.

Also today, he announced "Watch Party", which will let you watch online video together with your friends in a virtual chat room. "They can laugh together, cry together in the channel ... but let's not do that anytime soon".

But the head of parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Damian Collins said on Tuesday he still wanted Zuckerberg to appear before lawmakers, ideally by May 24, and listed 39 questions or points which remained unanswered.

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