Facebook's Major Redesign and Other Key Things Mentioned at F8 2019

Facebook is building a new faster, smaller Messenger app for Windows and MacOS

Facebook also announced that all these messages would be protected by end-to-end encryption, as is the case with messages on WhatsApp now. The new opt-in feature "New Friends" will help people connect with others in their groups and communities who are interested in making new friends. The desktop app is set to be released in late 2019.

The changes include a redesigned Groups tab, which will show a personalized feed of activity in all of your Groups.

A new "Groups" tab is at the center of the app and content from Groups will appear more often in News Feed.

Expansion of Facebook Dating to 14 new countries and the introduction of a new feature called Secret Crush.

On Instagram users will soon be able to buy products directly from influencers, who are famous Instagrammers often paid by advertisers to promote products in their photos.

Reports have revealed how Facebook tracked users, gave some third-party apps special privileges with regard to user data, collected call record data and contacts of Android users, and generally played fast and loose with user privacy. Another important new feature that the users can save their spots on their personal newsfeeds. If any of the 9 people also use this feature, they'll get a notification saying someone has a crush on them.

Facebook F8 conference is usually their developer focused conference that they use to share new features that they are planning for their ecosystem.

Facebook also announced new features for Instagram and WhatsApp along with new virtual reality and augmented reality products.

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With Messenger, Facebook is introducing a new way for users to watch their favorite videos from Facebook with friends or family in real time, even when they are at a different physical location.

A Messenger desktop app for Windows and iOS will also launch this year, while the mobile app will be lighter in terms of data.

Facebook is redesigning both its mobile app and website to focus more on groups and other more pertinent content and less on the news feed. The new app will be rolled out globally later this year.

Late a year ago, Facebook admitted that Clear History is taking longer than expected - it turns out that browsing data, which the company uses to help send more targeted advertising to users on its social platforms - is more deeply ingrained into Facebook's systems than anyone realised. While most digital wallets took years and spent millions to acquire customers, WhatsApp will begin with an existing customer base of over 200 million in India. Here in SA (and in much of the rest of the world), we largely use WhatsApp for messaging, but in the United States they most use Apple's iMessage and Facebook Messenger.

Nevertheless, users will avail the full Messenger experience through this app.

The move could help Facebook's business in two ways. And to enhance this experience and provide customers with more information about a business, Facebook is introducing the business catalog, which can be used by businesses to showcase their goods to potential customers.

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