Facebook intended to launch a new service to help users find a partner. The company’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg informed about it at the F8 development conference.
There are 200 million people on Facebook who call themselves single, Zuckerberg warned. He added that the service will be intended for users looking for a long-term relationship.
According to Zuckerberg, the company will pay special attention to the protection of private data within this service. The service will be available soon, but Zuckerberg did not share a specific date.
The introduction of the new service had a negative impact on the shares of companies operating in the field of online dating. For example, the shares of Match Group, which owns the popular dating application Tinder, fell sharply, Reuters reported.
According to analyst James Cordwell of Atlantic Equities, the new service could increase the number of times that the people on Facebook take, and at the same time pose a big problem for competitors such as Match Group.
This year, Facebook became the target of criticism for the first time that the Cambridge Analytica analytical company unjustifiably obtained information about the millions of its users and used it, among other things, in the development of software tools to support Donald Trump’s election campaigns.
Zuckerberg announced today, in an effort to restore the yard, that the company is working on a new tool that will give users control over some of them. For example, people will be able to delete lists of visited pages. According to Zuckerberg, the development of this new tool will take several months.