Facebook Dating may let you keep secrets from friends and family

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

Facebook's new dating app may have been revealed after pictures of the service were leaked on the internet.

Facebook recently shut down "Lifestage", its standalone social networking app that it released a year ago for high schoolers. Facebook also said the new dating feature is a free service for all users and will not include ads while in use.

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A Twitter user named Jane Manchun Wong shared screenshots of what she uncovered from Facebook's tests. The objective for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing UI (user interface). Just when the Facebook Dating was announced stocks of other dating sites like Tinder plunged down by 17 percent. "This is not meant for dating your co-workers", read a screenshot. "I can't go past the signup screen because they are not activating all non-employee Dating profiles because, well, it's 'pre-launch'". 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. However, what you do within the dating feature will not be shown to your friends.

Another discovery made by Wong is that Facebook is apparently testing a dating feature called "Conversation Starters", which will help break the ice with your matches.

"This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships - not just for hookups", the chief executive said, although it isn't clear how Facebook intends to achieve this. "Your friends aren't going to see your profile, and you're only going to be suggested to people who are not your friends".