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Russia’s Largest Social Network Starts Dating App to Rival Tinder

  • Service will be based on videochats similar to speed dating
  • Lovina to use neural network to protect from explicit content

VKontakte, Russia’s largest social network run by Mail.ru Group Ltd, is starting its own dating app Lovina centered around quick-fire videochats.

The Lovina app offers a videochat to users who liked each others’ profiles, or sets a “carousel” of limited-time videochats for random users, in a model similar to speed dating when men and women are rotated across tables to have a several-minute chat, looking for a proper match, according to the project head Vladimir Makhov.