After a Rough Year, Facebook Is Giving Privacy a Try

Facebook app gets a reskin The mainline Facebook app is getting a redesign, from a rejigged logo to a heavier emphasis on Facebook Groups. The new features were introduced in a revamped Facebook app as the embattled social network embarks on a new strategy emphasizing private communications and small groups.

Groups, which can be public or private on the social network, can be used to help keep long-distance friends in touch, connect people with similar interests or passions, and organize events. The new app design, which will roll out Tuesday, is largely surface updates.

On Tuesday, at Facebook's annual F8 conference for developers, he acknowledged skepticism of his ability to tackle the privacy issues that have dogged the company for years.

Amid all that, Zuckerberg is likely to focus on Facebook's future by emphasizing private messaging, Facebook's role in "communities", and harnessing artificial intelligence to improve discourse. We will also be integrating Facebook Groups, making it possible to meet new friends from your most meaningful communities on Facebook.

Facebook's slipshod handling of user data could result in a fine of up to $5 billion from the Federal Trade Commission, the company revealed last week.

Facebook Stories as well as Facebook Groups are given more screen real estate. Facebook's News Feed continues to draw ad dollars but user growth in its most lucrative markets has slowed.

"Data in those chat messengers is not as valuable as the demographic and behavioral information they collect based on how users interact with the platform", Sparrow said.

Messenger will also get a desktop app on Windows and macOS platforms, and it will get all the features the mobile app has, including audio calls, group video calls, and more. Well, now Facebook is offering a way to find out if they like you, too.

The shift also comes as Facebook is looking beyond advertising for future income.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about the new Messenger app during the F8 Facebook Developers conference on April 30, in San Jose, California.

If Facebook thinks that its funky new dating feature and its white-washed interface is going to free it from blame for destroying society, man, Zuckerberg has another thing coming. Today, people who sell goods have to arrange payment outside of Facebook, though they can do so via Facebook's messaging app, Messenger. If they then go through their own list of friends and pick you as one of their nine crushes, you'll both match up and a Facebook Messenger chat will automatically begin. And it'll now be easier to share stories from the News Feed directly to Groups, the same way you can with your friends and family. Secret Crush will allow users to explore potentially romantic relationships with friends already in their circle.

  • Arturo Norris