Facebook's dating app is now in testing


This product is for US Facebook employees who have opted-in to dogfooding Facebook's new dating product.

MANILA, Philippines - Facebook is reportedly testing a couple of new features that could soon be added to the platform - a dating service and a "Create" button.

From Wong's photos, it looks like the app will let you prevent your current Facebook friends from seeing your dating profile, thus avoiding potential embarrassment.

Facebook had announced the dating product - which will not be a standalone dating app - during its F8 developer conference in the USA in May.

A screenshot from Wong's tweet showed Facebook stressing to employees that the app in testing was only to be used for the development of software, not romance.

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Facebook is reportedly aiming to cash in on the £11billion lonely hearts industry with a dating app to rival the likes of Tinder. The objective for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing UI. "This is not meant for dating your co-workers", reads the screenshot.

Facebook asked their employees to use fake data for their dating profiles and promised to delete them all before the product's launch. Facebook hasn't announced a release date for the dating app.

Facebook has since confirmed that they are testing out the feature but declined to go into further details.

"This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not just hook-ups", Zuckerberg said at the conference.

Would-be users can then decide their privacy settings: Your Facebook friends won't be able to see your dating profile, and users can decide whether or not they want to allow anyone with mutual friends to see it. The company has yet to announce when the feature will rollout.