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With the app, apart from keeping an eye on a user's opinions on daily matters and politics, Facebook would be able to gain in-depth information on a user's sexual orientation and dating life. Match Group's stock dropped 18 percent after the announcement. So before all hell broke loose for Mark Zuckerberg, I had already decided that Facebook was probably too public, and it was sharing a lot of my private information with my distant relatives, old neighbours and barely professional contacts - all of whom I didn't want to stay in touch with, let alone share my whereabouts with.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced two days ago, while giving a speech at a developer conference, that the company is getting ready to release Facebook Dating.

Facebook introduced several new features today including the extension of AR filters. Additionally, these resources must include hiring more people of color across all levels of the company-an initiative that would address Silicon Valley's failure to take real steps towards embracing diversity. The new features are expected to roll out in stages later this year.

Under the new feature, users will be able to create a separate "dating" profile not visible to their network of friends, with potential matches recommended based on dating preferences, points in common, and mutual acquaintances. "If they've already been using Facebook and feel comfortable with the format, this will be an easy transition for someone reentering the dating market".

This was, in some ways, a more grown-up version of Facebook than we're used to seeing at F8, a conference that has in the past been more of a celebration, with ample time spent talking about internet drones and selfie sticks in VR.

The biggest advantage that Facebook has over other dating apps is that it may not have to charge its users any fees.

Some critics of Facebook's new initiative worry that it could leave users more vulnerable to scams.

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Would you use a Facebook online dating service?

This is an interesting idea when you apply it to Facebook, and you can see what the attraction might be for a data scientist in wanting to use the platform to build a dating service.

Shares of Facebook were last seen at $171.96, with a consensus analyst price target of $216.06 and a 52-week range of $144.42 to $195.32.

Facebook plans to launch a new dating app created to compete with popular services like Tinder according to the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

This is not the only new feature Facebook has now launched.

The smattering of new features have brought confusion to Facebook users as well, but not at the expense of enthusiasm.

The goal of the new dating app is clearly defined. Zuckerberg said during the conference that they are building a "clear history" privacy control, which can remove data sent to the social network via outside websites and apps - it will be similar to the option of clearing cookies in a browser.

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