Facebook to introduce Clear History privacy tool in coming months

Facebook to introduce Clear History privacy tool in coming months

Facebook Inc. will launch a new dating feature on its platform, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday, marking an unexpected push into a new business even as the social-media giant battles questions about how it handles user data. "It's opt in. we have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning. you will only be suggested people who are not your friends".

"It's not just for hookups", Zuckerberg said.

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

After months of scrambling to tamp down controversy after controversy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday kicked off the annual F8 developer conference by attempting to strike a positive note.

Zuckerberg testified before Congress last month for about 10 hours over two days.

Damian Collins, a Conservative who heads the House committee, said United Kingdom lawmakers are prepared to send a summons compelling Mr. Zuckerberg's appearance in London unless he volunteers to provide oral testimony to investigators, according to a copy of the letter released by Parliament. About 5,000 developers are expected to attend. In April, Facebook limited the amount of information third-party developers can collect from users without Facebook's express approval within its application programming interfaces.

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But unlike other recent public appearances, he did not start off with an apology for the company's recent privacy scandal.

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

Daniel Kurnos, an analyst at the Benchmark Company, also cited the difficulty of creating a popular dating site, cautioning that it was not an overnight project and one that requires much more than sheer machine learning. For Facebook, it's also meant further limiting the data developers can access and how long they can access it; several audits; and the suspension of apps suspected of violating Facebook's rules around user privacy.

Oculus Go costs £199 and has more than 1,000 games, apps and experiences available, all the while being usable completely wirelessly, with screen and computing power built directly into the headset.

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. "They can laugh together, cry together in the channel ... but let's not do that anytime soon".

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