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Facebook Dating is work in progress, now being tested by Facebook employees

Facebook Dating is work in progress, now being tested by Facebook employees

The social network, which announced plans to enter the dating business during its F8 conference in May, regularly tests new features internally ahead of launch to iron out any bugs.

According to a report in The Verge on Friday, an independent app researcher Jane Manchun Wong found evidence of the dating feature testing and posted it on Twitter.

Facebook is reportedly aiming to cash in on the £11billion lonely hearts industry with a dating app to rival the likes of Tinder. Facebook said in May it would launch a dating app, and now there is a glimpse of what that app will look like.

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A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the company is currently "testing Facebook Dating internally (as we regularly do with new features)", but said they "don't have anything more to share right now". "This is not meant for dating your coworkers", the screenshot read.

Facebook also specified to its employees that testing the product is completely voluntary and has no impact on their employment.

"We have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning". It appears Facebook Dating will allow you to make a separate profile for dating. If a mutual attraction is established, you and your virtual date can start messaging each other through WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. "Your friends aren't going to see your profile, and you're only going to be suggested to people who are not your friends". There will be Groups and Events available too, and you will also be able to browse potential matches based on the info Facebook already know about you.