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Facebook executives were quick to highlight other features for safety and privacy, noting that dating activity would not show up in Facebook’s centerpiece News Feed.

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.

Cox said he had been thinking about a Facebook dating feature since 2005, when he joined the company about a year after its founding.

Unsolicited nude photos are a recurring worry on dating services.A dating service could increase the time people spend on Facebook and be a “big problem” for competitors such as Match Group Inc, said James Cordwell, an analyst at Atlantic Equities.Match, the owner of popular mobile dating app Tinder and Ok Cupid, calls itself the “global leader in dating” on its website.“There are 200 million people on Facebook that list themselves as single, so clearly there’s something to do here,” Zuckerberg told software developers at Facebook’s annual F8 conference.Facebook shares rose 1.1 percent to close at 3.86 on the news, which sparked a sell-off of established online dating service providers.

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