Back in May Facebook announced that it was planning to launch a dating service on its platform. It seems the service will soon be launched, as Facebook is said to be testing the product internally with its employees. This is according to Jane Manchun Wong, an independent app researcher who found evidence of the product within a source code.
According to her, Facebook had asked its employees to create accounts using fake data for the testing. The company made it known that these accounts will be deleted before the official launch of the service.
Facebook is internally testing Facebook Dating.— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) 3 August 2018
I can’t go past the signup screen because they are not activating all non-employee Dating profiles because, well, it’s “pre-launch” 😉 pic.twitter.com/VQFHUJIkuX
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A pick into the service shows the sign-up page comes with an option to specify your gender, location, and which genders you’re interested in matching with. While Wong was able to fill in her information, she was not able creation a dating profile as the service was not yet open for the public. The screen of this feature reads
This product is for US Facebook employees who have opted-in to dogfooding Facebook’s new dating product. The purpose of this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing UI. This is not meant for dating your coworkers.
The Facebook dating service will let users create a dating profile that will be separate from their Facebook profile. It will start showing potential matches based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends. They’ll have the option to discover others with similar interests through their Groups or Events