Tech tipster Jane Manchun Wong has revealed that Facebook Dating will include an innovative safety feature; users will be able to live-share their location with family and friends on Messenger during a date.
Singles will receive the message: “Let your friends and family know when and where you’ll meet your date. Choose whether to share your live location and provide updates in Messenger.”
Last week, it was revealed that Zuckerberg and co. are looking to integrate Messenger with WhatsApp and Instagram to work towards cross-platform messaging. It is not clear whether these latter services will be made compatible with the Dating safety feature.
The leaked functionality suggests that Facebook Dating will now incorporate two separate messaging platforms – the company announced at the F8 developer conference in May that its Dating interface will host a text-only system separate from Messenger.
Jane Manchun Wong has revealed a number of Dating features over the past 12 months. In October, she posted a screenshot of the in-app gender options. These included Trans Man, Trans Woman and “Non-binary and/or Two-spirit”.
She also shared images of Facebook Dating being made available from the profile tab of the Facebook app.
The social media giant has found itself embroiled in another controversy this week, after a TechCrunch investigation revealed it was paying teenagers for access to their personal data.
Facebook said: “It wasn’t ‘spying’ as all of the people who signed up to participate went through a clear on-boarding process asking for their permission and were paid to participate. Finally, less than 5 percent of the people who chose to participate in this market research program were teens. All of them with signed parental consent forms.”
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