Facebook removes the middleman with its own dating feature

Mark Zuckerberg threatened with summons by British lawmakers probing Cambridge Analytica scandal

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Complicating matters for Facebook developers, Zuckerberg announced a new privacy control called "Clear History", which allows users to clear their Facebook history on their personal Facebook page, a few hours before his keynote speech.

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.

That's according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who announced that his company will begin rolling out a new dating feature during the social network's F8 developer conference on Tuesday. Clear History will delete what you've clicked, websites you've visited, and other information Facebook gathers from websites and apps that use Facebook's ads and analytics tools.

The dating service is being built with privacy in mind, so that friends will not be able to see a person's dating profile, Zuckerberg said.

There's also a separate inbox for dating messages that doesn't allow photos, Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox said in his own presentation. One commenter, for instance, said that America's lawmakers "don't have a clue" about modern technology and that Zuckerberg did well in making his points easier to understand.

Beyond data privacy, Facebook announced a slew of new features across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp - and the news that the $199 Oculus Go virtual reality headset will be on sale starting Tuesday. But with more than 2 billion monthly users, Facebook could quickly become the leader in the dating market.

While Zuckerberg repeatedly appealed to developers to join Facebook's cause to connect the world, he had one other announcement to win over the crowd: Everyone at the conference is receiving a free Oculus Go. The committee gave Facebook until May 11 to provide those answers and respond as to whether Zuckerberg plans to testify.

"It's something privacy advocates have been asking for - and we will work with them to make sure we get it right", he wrote.

But member of Parliament Damian Collins, who is chair of the digital, culture, media and sport select committee, wrote in a letter to Facebook's United Kingdom head of public policy that Schroepfer's testimony "lacked numerous important details that we need".

Zuckerberg warned that pressing the button may make your experience on Facebook "worse" - like when you clear cookies from your browser and then have to log in to websites again.

Facebook has been rocked in recent months by news that 87m users data had been leaked to Cambridge Analytica, the UK-based election consultant that helped Donald Trump with his 2016 campaign.

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