As many Facebook users scrolled through their feeds Tuesday evening, they may have noticed a newer design and layout while using the app. In the coming months, the desktop site will receive a similar overhaul of look, feel and usage of in-app features.
The redesign is focused around privacy, according to Mark Zuckerberg in his keynote speech during F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference. Groups, messenger and the look and feel of the site has changed since the rollout of the redesign.
Messenger will provide a “lighter, faster app” according to the release by Facebook.
“People expect their messaging apps to be fast and reliable,” Facebook wrote. “We’re excited to announce that we’re re-building the architecture of Messenger from the ground up to be faster and lighter than ever before. This completely re-engineered Messenger will begin to roll out later this year.”
Facebook said the redesign will make it easier to go from public spaces to more private spaces, according to an April 30 press release.
“We’re rolling out FB5, a fresh new design for Facebook that’s simpler, faster, more immersive and puts your communities at the center,” Facebook wrote. “Overall, we’ve made it easier to find what you’re looking for and get to your most-used features. People will start seeing some of these updates in the Facebook app right away, and the new desktop site will come in the next few months.”
The redesign includes making the groups tab easier to discover, to participate in groups joined on the site and some new features.
“Through new Health Support groups, members can post questions and share information without their name appearing on a post,” Facebook wrote. “Job groups will have a new template for employers to post openings, and easier ways for job seekers to message the employer and apply directly through Facebook. Gaming groups will get a new chat feature so members can create threads for different topics within the group.”
Facebook also announced Facebook Dating, for users to be able to connect with others and “discover potential matches” within their community.
“It’s currently available in Colombia, Thailand, Canada, Argentina, and Mexico — and today, we’re expanding to 14 new countries: Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Guyana, and Suriname,” Facebook wrote.
The rollout also includes a way to meet new friends through Facebook.
“It’s opt-in, so you will only see other people that are open to meeting new friends, and vice versa,” Facebook wrote. “We’ve started testing Meet New Friends in a few places, and we’ll roll it out wider soon.”
As Facebook has dealt with several privacy scandals and leaks, the redesign focuses on enhancing privacy within Facebook.
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Sources: newsroom.fb.com, facebook.com