May 02, 2018

Facebook unveils dating service

Facebook's chief has said that 2018 has been an "intense year" for his firm.

But Mark Zuckerberg also took the opportunity to unveil a dating service among other new products at his firm's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California.

He told his audience that the match-making feature would take privacy issues in mind and would launch "soon".

The company can ill afford another data scandal as it continues to be embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica affair.

"There are 200 million people on Facebook who list themselves as single," said Mr Zuckerberg.

"And if we are committed to building meaningful relationships, then this is perhaps the most meaningful of all."

Shares in the dating business Match Group fell after the announcement and closed more than 22% below their opening price.

The firm owns Tinder, a dating app that sources its profile information from Facebook.

(BBC News)