However, it is also expected that the conference will discuss some topics which range in the realm of VR hardware used with Oculus.
Zuckerberg said Facebook was building the dating service with an emphasis on privacy, a sensitive subject for people who use online dating and for Facebook as the company reels from a scandal over its handling of personal information.
Match Group's stock dropped by 18 per cent following the announcement. Match, the owner of popular mobile dating app Tinder and OkCupid, calls itself the "global leader in dating" on its website. If Facebook offered a dating service, it would essentially be eliminating the middleman.
Spark Networks, owner of JDate and Christian Mingle, also closed 4 percent lower.
The Facebook F8 2018 is scheduled for 10 a.m. on 1st May. When launched later this year, it will allow people to create a dating profile that's distinct from their Facebook profile. The feature appeared on desktop, but not on mobile.
The feature would be for finding long-term relationships, "not just hook-ups", he said.
Mr Zuckerberg referenced the forthcoming feature in his speech, adding: "We will have a lot more like this to talk about soon".
F8 Facebook on Tuesday kicked off its F8 developer conference in San Jose, California, only one month after dialing back the data available to developers and after nixing rumored plans to debut a smart speaker housing an AI assistant. "Your friends aren't going to see your profile, and you're only going to be suggested to people who are not your friends", he said. Since its initial announcement past year, Regina Dugan, Former DARPA director, has left her post where she headed Building 8. To start a conversation, you can pick a picture from a profile of the person you like and comment on it in a dedicated experience.
It is unclear if Facebook will charge users for its dating feature.
Even before the F8 conference got underway, revelations that 87 million users had their data improperly obtained by Cambridge Analytica, the British political firm with ties to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, continued to haunt Facebook. He expressed a commitment to protecting users' data. This is already what other dating apps that rely on Facebook data do, such as Tinder.
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