Dating within a company
Without a clear policy, an office relationship can lead to charges of sexual harassment and legal consequences for the employer.
Although some companies chose to have no policy on dating, that leaves them open to potential liability if a supervisor is shown to have sexually harassed a subordinate, for example, by giving a poor performance review to a former partner.
The prototype was built around local, in-person events, allowing people to browse other attendees and send them messages.
It did not appear to have a feature to "swipe" left or right on potential matches to signal interest, as Tinder and other established services have.
Sparks Networks, owner of JDate and Christian Mingle, fell 7.3 percent before recovering and closing up 0.8 percent.
A prototype displayed on screens at the F8 conference showed a heart shape at the top-right corner of the Facebook app.
A dating service could increase the time people spend on Facebook and be a "big problem" for competitors such as Match Group, said James Cordwell, an analyst at Atlantic Equities.
Match, the owner of popular mobile dating app Tinder and Ok Cupid, calls itself the "global leader in dating" on its website."But the initial functionality looks relatively basic compared to those offered by Match's services, so the impact Facebook has on the dating space will be down to how well it executes in this area," Cordwell said.
Every company needs to consider a policy on workplace dating.
Match Group Inc shares closed down more than 22 percent.
IAC, Match Group's parent company, dropped more than 17 percent.
With this type of policy, the employees would also have to notify you whenever a relationship ends.
For this reason, notification policies are sometimes seen as intrusive. The case, which struck down a Texas law banning consensual homosexual relationships, has been interpreted as upholding the right of all consenting adults to engage in private sexual activity.