On Tuesday, Zuckerberg announced on stage at Facebook's annual developers conference, F8, a dating feature to help people find relationships. Some critics panned the move as a way to gather more personal data about its single users and questioned if personal information would show up in News Feeds for friends to see.

And that's probably why they haven't tried to buy any other app," he said.

When Business Insider interviewed Rappaport in April 2017, he hinted at acquisition offers for Happn.

— Mark Zuckerberg may have laughed off questions that Facebook is too powerful when he appeared in front of Congress last month.

But for the companies in the online dating business, there was nothing amusing about the news that the social network was about to bring its heft into their arena.

At Facebook’s annual developer conference on Tuesday, Mr.

Zuckerberg revealed that the world’s largest social network will soon offer an online dating service.Asked on Thursday whether the firm might seek a buyer or more venture capital funding, Rappaport said: "There are not so many dating apps out there that are at global scale and independent — in a world of ... "Now, this is not something we have in mind, we want to continue our growth.The company is still working to prove its users aren't just a product it's commoditizing for advertisers.More than 200 million people on Facebook identify themselves as single, he said, and the new service will let these people connect with each other from within the company’s primary app.“This is for building real long-term relationships, not just hookups,” Mr.Zuckerberg said, in an apparent jab at dating apps like Tinder that have a reputation for stoking casual romantic behavior.People like to share lots of things with their friends and family, but not what concerns their private life and dates." "It's quite interesting to note this announcement has been done just a few weeks after the Cambridge Analytica concerns," Rappaport added, suggesting it was a way to make the bad news "disappear," so Facebook doesn't have to "talk about the past." Facebook announced at its annual F8 developer conference that it would add dating features to the existing Facebook mobile app, but hasn't given many details.