Facebook Will Let You Talk To Friends Across Messenger, Instagram, And WhatsApp

Facebook launches major redesign of app, website following series of public sharing scandals

"I know that we don't exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly", he added, drawing a barely audible titter from the audience. "But I'm committed to doing this well, and to starting a new chapter for our products". For those who are still in it for one reason or another, you're getting a new, updated mobile app whether you want to or not. At this year's F8 event, Zuckerberg announced that Facebook Dating is coming to 14 more countries in addition to the five countries in which it is already available.

Since about the beginning of 2018, Facebook has been under constant fire over its handling of user privacy. If two users add each other on to their secret crush list, they will be privately matched in a Tinder-esque fashion. Facebook is working to remove groups that have "harmful content", Zuckerberg said, and deemphasize groups that share misleading information. The company has been dealing with negative PR stemming from their handling of user data and other privacy snafus for over a year.

Facebook is adding tools meant to make engaging with groups easier, including improved recommendations of online communities that might be of interest. "This completely re-engineered Messenger will begin to roll out later this year".

The new option to communicate through a Messenger app designed for personal computers is part of Zuckerberg's plan to emphasize more private ways for Facebook users to communicate instead of encouraging them to share everything on their personal pages. The new Facebook puts more emphasis on groups and communities.

Theres no official release date for the new and improved Messenger as the company says it's still testing the new features. The ongoing F8 developer conference in San José presented a row of new and revised features on day one. People will be able to use their first name to set up a dating profile on the platform, but it won't be visible to friends and will not show up in News Feeds.

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The redesigned mobile app is live for U.S. users today, and the desktop version is coming later this year.

Facebook's focus on creating a more private communications platform, led to the introduction of several new features and products to help people, businesses, and developers build close connections. This apart, there is going to be a new feature that will allow users to watch videos on Messenger in real time, together with friends. While no major hardware was announced, Facebook did announce the start of pre-orders for the Oculus Quest and Rift S and plans for an enterprise VR offering. "Some of the other [Facebook] updates focused on establishing more point solutions to enable commerce, customer service, and finding like-minded people, while designing a cleaner user interface with more intuitive design and speed for a more rewarding user experience".

Users can now raise money for charitable causes with a new donation sticker.

The image-sharing app will also get enhanced shopping functions. In its earnings calls, Facebook said it expects to be fined $3 billion-$5 billion by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is inquiring into its user data practices.

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