Mark Zuckerberg announces new 'Clear History' option & more at Facebook's F8 Conference

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After telling a totally-not-creepy-at-all story about how many kids have been spawned from Facebook romances Tuesday afternoon at the F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced "Facebook for Dating".

It's a move that Zuckerberg justifies by claiming that one in three marriages in the USA begins online, and by citing the number of people who come up to him on the street, gesture to their children, and thank him personally.

Zuckerberg was cheerful and even giggly at times during his presentation, a far cry from his stiff testimony two weeks ago in front of Congress.

Since Cambridge Analytica's fallout, the developers have absorbed much of the impact from Facebook tightening its privacy controls and increasing scrutiny in advertising and data collection.

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Facebook brings to the dating table a treasure trove of data on its active users, which are over 2 billion strong.

Other new features announced at the conference in California included Watch Party, which allows Facebook users to watch videos together, and a way for people to clear their browsing history from the site.

Most recently, the company has used the event to discuss better ways for app developers to tie into its services with things like games for its Messenger service, augmented reality features for its Facebook app, and new artificial intelligence programs.

At the F8 conference, Zuckerberg addressed Facebook's role in preventing future election interference, such as Russia's efforts in the United States' 2016 presidential election. It will be interesting to see if users trust Facebook enough to fork over more personal information and conduct their dating activities on the platform. "I feel like he struck the right balance between being apologetic, without apologizing, and also refocusing attention on what matters to Facebook, which is building community and moving forward as a business", said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst with eMarketer.

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Concerns about privacy on Facebook have grown since the social network's admission in March that the data of millions of users was wrongly harvested by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

"I want to be clear that we have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning", Zuckerberg said of the new dating feature.

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