Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Facebook wants to set you up on a date

Facebook wants to set you up on a date

The announcement sent the stock of Match Group, which owns properties such as Tinder, OkCupid, and Match.com, down 18 percent. IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC), which is the majority owner of Match, was down 12%. That could potentially allow it to match people more effectively than rival sites with less data at their fingertips.

Zuckerberg insisted that the company is adding value to the world by building technology that is focused on people and relationships. He told a story of being stopped on the street by married couples who had met through Facebook, and said that he wanted to make a more deliberate effort to bring couples together.

In presenting the new feature, Zuckerberg noted that one-in-three marriages in the United States start online, and that some 200 million people on Facebook identify as being single.

On Tuesday morning, Facebook also suddenly began offering users an option to flag every post in News Feeds and elsewhere as hate speech. WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum, a fierce privacy advocate, said Monday that he was leaving Facebook and the Facebook board of directors.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn't going to let Facebook-related controversies like its repeated data privacy problems and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections ruin his hopefulness. Last year, Zuckerberg described his strategy for using VR to reshape the way people interact and experience life, much as the company's social network already has.

In a letter [PDF] sent on Tuesday to the head of public policy for Facebook's United Kingdom office, Rebecca Stimson, the head of a key Parliamentary committee, Damian Collins, threatened to issue a formal summons against Zuckerberg if he doesn't agree to attend one of its sessions digging into fake news and privacy.

Facebook will soon let you toss your cookies.

Facebook maintains over 40 million users in the U.K., Mr. Collins wrote, "and they deserve to hear accurate answers from the company he created and whether it is able to keep their users' data safe".

How many developers did your enforcement team at Facebook take action against between 2011-2014?

Zuckerberg also announced that Facebook will soon re-open its app review process for third-party developers after it was paused in April following the Cambridge Analytica revelations.

Still in damage-control mode, Zuckerberg announced before Tuesday's keynote that Facebook would make it possible for you to delete information the social network gathers from your activity on other websites and apps.

Oculus Go is different from other virtual reality devices that require smartphones or a cord tethered to a personal computer to cast people into artificial worlds or show three-dimensional videos.

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