Facebook F8 2018 - 9 Announcements worth knowing about

Laverne Mann
May 5, 2018

"We'll share more information when this begins testing later this year". CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as he took the stage to deliver the keynote at the annual F8 developer conference, wasted no time addressing the headline-grabbing privacy issues that have rocked the company and called his leadership into question.

"There are 200 million people on Facebook who list themselves as single", he said. This grants the apps access to select Facebook data, which helps to speed up the process of creating dating profiles. After that, people who match an applicant's taste, behavioral patterns and other factors will be displayed on the screen.

This new dating feature will give Facebook the chance to leverage its massive network of users as well as data on relationships (thanks to the option in Facebook where users can publicize their relationship statuses), not to forget its very big financial resources to challenge competing dating apps.

The challenge Facebook faced at the conference and one it will continue to face going forward is how to thread together its optimism about connecting people with the reality that people have figured out how to use its platform for their own gains. The dating feature is set to roll out later this year. It will be available in Japan later.

An American online social media, Facebook will come up with new strategic plans to ensure user engagement time on its app.

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CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook Dating has been designed with privacy and safety in mind, however, it is now unclear exactly what those privacy and safety features will be.

Everything done on the new dating platform will not show up as notifications to friends, Zuckerberg pointed out.

Dating feature is the One of the wildest announcement of Facebook which allows users to build dating profiles separate from their primary profiles.

Just last month, the company was swamped with negative publicity with regard to its releasing round 50 million to 87 million Facebook users' personal data to political research firm, Cambridge Analytica. Herrick said this information could be extremely valuable to marketers: "you know somebody's dating, they might also be more likely to purchase new clothes or makeup or other products".

Another cool feature announced by Zuckerberg during F8 was 'Watch Party', which allows users to watch video while chatting with friends. Still, as the science indicates Facebook data is more accurate representation of the self, Facebook Dating might be an attractive alternative. Facebook's laissez-faire attitude toward privacy protection is not just a betrayal and insult to its user base, but it is compounded by its lack of vigilance to protect one of the platform's most vulnerable user demographics-African Americans. And now, Facebook is entering new terrain―that of online dating. Apparently their best play is offering a dating service that asks you to give them EVEN MORE information about yourself.

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