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Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Facebook's new dating app allows users to choose from five different genders

Facebook's new dating app allows users to choose from five different genders

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.

Now the hot update is that Facebook has begun rolling the app to its employees to test the app for any bugs or uneasiness in using the app.

A couple of months ago Facebook announced at its F8 developer conference that it was developing a dating app.

'The objective for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing user interface, ' the terms and conditions state.

The company warns its employees testing it out that "this is not meant for dating your coworkers".

Facebook's offering will put it in competition with existing dating apps and services, ranging from Match.com to Tinder, in an increasingly popular sector estimated to contribute £11.7 billion to the United Kingdom economy each year.

The development was spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, a computer scientist who last week identified that the company was developing a talent show feature for its app. However presumably for the most part it shouldn't differ too much from other dating apps such as Tinder, where users can browse profiles and match up with others who have liked them back. The firm stated that it was to help build long term relationships and not just mere hookups.

"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. Also, you'll be able to choose if you want the friends of your friends to see you as well.

You will also have the option to discover others with similar interests through Groups or Events.

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