Mark Zuckerberg announced that it will launch a new dating service for the Facebook online social media platform at a conference held in San Jose, California on Tuesday, Mediafax reports.
Zuckerberg said that this service will aim to help people find long-term partners.
"It will be to build real long-term relationships not just for one-night adventures," said Zuckerberg, who stressed that in the US one in three marriages starts with an online relationship and that about 200 million of Facebook users have the status of celibatar
With the new, free service, users will be able to create a separate matrimonial profile that will not be visible to network friends, and potential partners will be recommended based on their preferences, points of interest, and of my friends.
The announcement led to a decrease in shares in the Match.com platform, 22%.
Facebook's 33-year-old Facebook CEO said the service was designed to comply with privacy and data protection rules
He also said that Facebook is committed to stepping up personal data protection measures.
Facebook has also announced that it will launch a feature called "Clear History," which will allow users to see which apps and sites send social networking information, delete data from their accounts, and prevents Facebook from storing them
The social network has already taken steps to limit the amount of data it shares with third-party applications and wants to take steps to prevent a new "Cambridge Analytica" scandal, Zuckerberg said.
The data of 87 million Facebook users, most of them in the United States, were probably illegally accessed by Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting company, recently announced the online social media
Cambridge Analytica used stolen data in 2014 from Facebook accounts to set US voter profiles and send personalized political ads