Facebook to allow users to clear browsing history, unveil dating feature



Facebook Inc will add features around dating and building long-term relationships on its social platform, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday at the company's developers conference.

He said the service will be opt-in and, to preserve people's privacy, not viewable to users' friends.

"If you believe like I do that giving people a voice is important, that building relationships is important, that creating a sense of community is important and doing the hard work of trying to bring the world closer together is important, I say this: We will keep building", Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg made the announcement at Facebook's annual f8 developer conference, in which he acknowledging that 2018 has been an "intense year" just four months in. Following news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Bumble changed its registration procedure so that users no longer had to sign up with their Facebook account.

"In your web browser, you have a simple way to clear your cookies and history".

Zuckerberg did say that "this is an example of the kind of control we think you should have". In fact, after weeks of saying he's sorry to users and lawmakers alike, Zuckerberg did not apologize to the app developers in attendance at F8.

Mr. Zuckerberg may be traveling overseas to speak with members of the European Parliament this month, Politico reported last week, and Mr. Collins' committee "would like Mr. Zuckerberg to come to London during his European trip", his letter said. About 5,000 developers are expected to attend.

Spaces was announced with support for the Oculus Rift VR headset; owners of the HTC Vive headset gained Facebook Spaces compatibility in December.

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Instagram, which Facebook purchased in 2012 for $1 billion, will see additional features and integrations.

Instagram is now testing out the video chat feature and will roll it out globally in the coming weeks.

Playing matchmaker shines a further light on the amount of personal user data Facebook has access to. This sparked a campaign urging Facebook members to leave the site and calls for tighter regulation over user data, especially as Facebook makes most of its revenue from advertising that is targeted at individual users based on their online activity.

Ime Archibong, Facebook's head of platform, said the process will be slightly stricter going forward.

It also has new sharing experiences including Oculus Venues, a way to experience live concerts and events in virtual reality.

Zuckerberg also revealed new tweaks to the core Facebook app. The issue was resolved but it was unclear exactly which Facebook updates caused the issues for Tinder.

He also said that the company was slow to identify the ways Russian Federation had used the platform to interfere in the 2016 elections, but that his team would never be unprepared again.

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