Facebook's dating app is now in testing

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Facebook has begun internally testing its dating feature

An app researcher, Jane Manchun Wong, tweeted images of the Facebook app with features now limited to Facebook employees only.

"We are testing Facebook Dating internally (as we regularly do with new features), but we don't have anything more to share right now", Jillian Stefanki, a Facebook spokeswoman, said in an email to Fortune.

"This product is for US Facebook employees who have opted-in to dogfooding Facebook's new dating product".

Jane Manchun Wong  Twitter
Jane Manchun Wong Twitter

Facebook had announced the dating product - which will not be a standalone dating app - during its F8 developer conference in the United States in May. Also, if you block someone on Dating, that person won't be blocked on Facebook too. The objective for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing UI.

Remember that Tinder-like service Facebook is developing? There's no hint at the moment about when Facebook Dating could get a public launch, and it's entirely possible that it wont make it beyond the internal testing phase. "This is not meant for dating your coworkers", the screenshot read. In other words, your Facebook profile and your dating profile should be as separate as you'd like them to be (emphasis on "should"). The firm stated that it was to help build long term relationships and not just mere hookups. Also, you'll be able to choose if you want the friends of your friends to see you as well.

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. "They'll have the option to discover others with similar interests through their Groups or Events".

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