Highlights: Mark Zuckerberg unveils a privacy-focused future for Facebook
Facebook’s annual developer conference F8 kicked off today. During the two-day-long conference, Facebook will focus on new and emerging technologies including Machine Learning, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
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Mark Zuckerberg announced a privacy-driven future for Facebook in the near future. At the company’s annual F8 developer conference, Zuckerberg said that the company is still recovering the privacy breaches that hit the world’s largest social networking platform. Going forward, the company is going to roll out a range of features to ensure users’ privacy and security on the platform.
He laid out six fundamentals for Facebook’s future – private interaction, encryption (end-to-end encryption), reduced performance, safety, interoperability, and secure data storage. Zuckerberg also promised Facebook won’t users data on its servers for a longer period.
Facebook founder also unveiled design changes to that Messenger and Facebook applications that focus on personal interactions rather than businesses. For instance, the revamped Messenger app features a “Friends” section where one will see the latest updates including status updates, photos and videos, from contacts they frequently interact with.
Here are the highlights from F8 annual developer conference.
Mark Zuckerberg says the new changes to its applications will deliver a “fundamentally different experience”. He also cautioned that these changes will take some to roll out.
Facebook Portal goes international
Facebook Portal will soon be available in markets outside the US. The Portal smart home speaker with display will also support WhatsApp.
Facebook revamps desktop version
Mark Zuckerberg introduced a major redesign for its desktop version. The updated News Feed features a white background with focus on tabs such as home page, notifications, marketplace and messenger among others. Facebook has also revamped the Facebook logo.
What’s next for WhatsApp
WhatsApp will soon get algorithm-driven Status tab. This essentially means you will see the latest Stories from friends with whom you frequently contact. WhatsApp Business will also receive new features.
Mark Zuckerberg formally launches a revamped Messenger application under its new Project Lightspeed. The new app is 2x faster and 7x lighter than other applications. Messenger app will soon be available on desktop. The revamped app will feature a “Friends” tab where users can see updates from their contacts. This section will not feature updates from businesses. The UI is quite similar to Snapchat.
Changes to developer programme
Zuckerberg highlighted the recent change Facebook made to developer programme. The company had banned data harvesting personality quiz apps.
Here are six new principles of Facebook
Zuckerberg lays out the six fundamentals of Facebook’s new approach -
Encryption (end-to-end encryption)
Secure Data Storage
Privacy: New chapter for Facebook
Zuckerberg admitted Facebook’s record for privacy hasn’t been good enough. He added that the company was determined to change things and bring more privacy features.
Privacy-focused social networking platform
Mark Zuckerberg takes the stage. He begins his keynote with his “privacy-focused” vision. “Privacy gives us the freedom to be ourselves,” says Mark Zuckerberg. ‘Privacy is future,” he added.
F8 kicks off
Facebook’s annual developer conference has begun.
Event to begin shortly
Facebook’s annual developer conference will begin shortly. Mark Zuckerberg is expected to deliver the opening keynote.
Minutes before the opening keynote, Facebook has introduced a new Project LightSpeed under which it will launch a revamped version of its Messenger application.