Facebook Adds New 'Discover People' Section to Mobile App

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Below this introduction section is a list of events that the user has shown interest in, is attending, or has been invited to in the near future. The feature could be used for friending new people who share the same interest or work in the same industry.

The social media giant is testing out a new feature on mobile called "Discover People", which encourages users to introduce themselves to people they don't actually know, reports Tech Crunch.

Nevertheless, some analysts suggest that the silver lining of this new feature is that it would be quite beneficial for business networking and dating purposes, given the fact that its structure allows someone to simply find your profile then tap to message you. The site quoted a Facebook spokesperson who said, "Too often, it's hard to learn more about people around you, whether it is upon starting a new job, joining a new group, deciding if you want to attend an event, or moving to a new place".

At the bottom of the feature is a section where users can browse through people who live in their town or city. Now, it has started to roll out for all users on Android and iOS.

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Using Facebook events (many of which are public and visible to millions of people) as a measure for suggesting friends is a unusual choice as it is likely to encourage connections, even harassment - let's not forget that there are a lot of nutters out there. None of the sections will show you the profiles of those who are already your friends.

None of these sections will show people that users are already friends with on Facebook. Not all of the information regarding a specific profile will be available for you to see, instead only the one which is publicly available. As you would probably guess this is a feature created to connect you with people on the social network, but there's something of a creepy twist.

"Discover People" was first launched late a year ago, but was initially restricted to New Zealand and Australia.

The report points out that "none of the sections will show you the profiles of those you've already friended on Facebook" further stressing that the feature is meant to find new friends on the social platform.