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Facebook releases couples-only messaging app

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Facebook releases couples-only messaging app

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Facebook has launched a new app for couples who exchange private messages.

The new app called Tuned allows couples to send messages, exchange music and create a digital scrapbook.

Tuned was created by the Experimental New Products Team at Facebook, focused on creating new social media from scratch.

The app claims to be a "private space" for couples to chat, but it doesn't seem to have end-to-end encryption from services like WhatsApp.

Instead, Tuned has the same data policy as Facebook, which allows the company to collect communications and other behavior to target advertising to the user.

This data policy may mean that users are less inclined to send personal information or private photos through the application.

Facebook did not respond to the BBC's request for comment on the launch of Tuned.

The app is only available to iOS users in the U.S. and Canada and does not require a Facebook account to use it.

Facebook announced that it was entering the dating space in 2018. It launched a dating service to rival Tinder and Bumble in 20 countries so far. But this new messaging app for couples is separate from that service.

The new product does not appear to be much different from other messaging services.

Users add another person using their phone number and, once connected, can send photos and voice notes, and the app has new personalized reactions that couples can send to each other.

Facebook formed the group that created Tuned – the Experimental New Products Team (NPE) – in the summer of 2019. Its goal is to create new social media services. He created a meme creation tool and an app to save and organize photos similar to Pinterest.

When Facebook launched NPE, he said that the team's apps should change quickly and that their services would be "turned off if we find out that they are not useful to people".

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