‘Privacy-focused’ Facebook unveils new look, features


The "new" Facebook will see a de-emphasis of the much-maligned News Feed, and the ascendancy of an update called "FB5". It could take some time to see if the changes make a noticeable difference.

"Look, I expect that a great deal of individuals aren't convinced that we're seriously interested in this", he said to laughter from the crowd.

The redesigned mobile program is now live for U.S. users today, along with the desktop version is coming later this season. It also announced its newest Oculus VR headsets would be available in May. You'll also be able to set status messages.

And in case, if they had you on their list and vice versa, that's a match.

"[We want to] build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private". "This isn't just about building features - we need to change a lot of the different ways that we run this company today". Zuckerberg and his lieutenant Sheryl Sandberg have apologized repeatedly over the past year for an array of mishaps over privacy, data misuse and security problems. It has spent large amounts of money and energy trying to address the issues and fix its reputation.

Facebook pulled in nearly $56 billion (42.96 billion pounds) in revenue a year ago, almost of all which came from showing ads to the 2.7 billion people who access its family of apps each month. Zuckerberg confessed the company's disbelief.

The FTC is now investigating whether Facebook's data transfers to Cambridge Analytica violated a 2012 consent decree that prohibits Facebook from misrepresenting its privacy practices, and from misrepresenting the extent to which it makes users' information available to third parties. The tool still hasn't been launched, and it wasn't mentioned on Tuesday.

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It is one of the most significant redesigns that Facebook has undertaken, and as the world's biggest social network with more than 2.38 billion monthly active users, it will have a big impact on digital advertising strategies. This app will allow for certain features the web browser version has not yet supported-particularly, group calling.

In particular, the new group tab is easier to access, and the suggestions feature will filter out groups that share misinformation, but there are no specifics yet how this would be done. Similar updates to the desktop site will show up later this summer. Testing starts next week for users in Canada! It is also working on an "Away Mode" for sensitive times, and as a way to cut down on bullying.

Instagram meanwhile will give the ability for people to shop from creators, fundraise for causes, and a new and improved camera.

Facebook's F8 developer's conference happens to be the event that serves to provide us with a sneak peek of what to expect out of the social media company in the year ahead.

Facebook has pledged to begin a "new chapter" in its history as it revealed plans to be more privacy-focused at its annual developer conference in California. More content from groups will appear in the News Feed, and users will be able to share content directly to groups from News Feed. The "Secret Crush" feature will allows users to explore potential romantic relationships within their friend circle. If any of the 9 people also use this feature, they'll get a notification saying someone has a crush on them.

"We made Messenger the fastest private communication hub on the planet". If successful, the move could not only bolster its core advertising business, which makes up almost all of of its revenue today, but could also create a significant new revenue stream in payments.

A desktop app for Messenger is also coming later this year.