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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.

By Kul Bhushan | May 01, 2019 09:42 IST

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.

11:08PM IST

Wrap up

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.

11:03PM IST

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.

10:58PM IST

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.

Here’s the first look at new Facebook desktop version. ( Facebook )
10:50PM IST

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.

10:45PM IST

Project Lightspeed

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.

10:41PM IST

Changes to developer programme

Zuckerberg highlighted the recent change Facebook made to developer programme. The company had banned data harvesting personality quiz apps.

10:38PM IST

Here are six new principles of Facebook

Zuckerberg lays out the six fundamentals of Facebook’s new approach -

Private Interaction

Encryption (end-to-end encryption)

Reduced Performance



Secure Data Storage

10:36PM IST

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.

10:33PM IST

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.

10:32PM IST

F8 kicks off

Facebook’s annual developer conference has begun.

10:24PM IST

Event to begin shortly

Facebook’s annual developer conference will begin shortly. Mark Zuckerberg is expected to deliver the opening keynote.

Guests enter to attend Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's keynote at Facebook Inc's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California ( REUTERS )
10:04PM IST

Project LightSpeed

Minutes before the opening keynote, Facebook has introduced a new Project LightSpeed under which it will launch a revamped version of its Messenger application.