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Zuckerberg jokes about Facebook’s privacy record in launching redesign

Zuckerberg didn't dodge the issue at F8. "I know that we don't exactly have the strongest reputation for privacy right now, to put it lightly".

"But I am committed to starting a new chapter for our product".

The move is said to allow Facebook to focus on privacy, but also provide the firm with e-commerce abilities to give it new revenue sources.

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In particular, the new group tab is easier to access, and the suggestions feature will filter out groups that share misinformation, but there are no specifics yet how this would be done. The company is also adding new resources, including a tool that flags violations of Facebook standards to groups' moderators, said Fidji Simo, the recently appointed head of the Facebook App.

Facebook is also making some other changes. With the launch of the updated app, "Groups are now at the heart of the experience", said Zuckerberg.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.

You can also add your Facebook friends to your crush list even if they haven't activated their dating profile. If any of their crushes express mutual interest on their secret list, they'll both be notified.

Changes announced on Tuesday put groups at the centre of the experience and add dating, friend-making and events features meant to promote people getting together in real life, Facebook's new app head, Fidji Simo, told AFP ahead of F8.

The mobile app takes up less space, making it faster to load and respond.

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In the Android app, the most obvious change is the all-white app bar at the top, accompanied by a new huge Facebook branding that takes up the left third of the screen.

For businesses, it created an automated system that allows customers to book an appointment through Messenger. "WhatsApp is already testing this with a million people in India and the feedback so far has been great".

The new features are part of Zuckerberg's strategy for batting away Facebook's growing array of critics, emboldened regulators and competitors. So, going forward, Messenger users will be able to communicate with WhatsApp and Instagram users directly within the Messenger app.

WhatsApp is also getting some changes. Facebook is working on rolling out payments in a number of countries later this year - with confirmations of payments coming to Brazil, Mexico, and UK.

A "Meet New Friends" feature being gradually rolled out will let users opt in to getting acquainted with others interested in fresh connections in shared communities. Facebook/Instagram insists on its blog that "100% of the money raised on Instagram will go to the non-profit organization you support". It is now available on Instagram in the U.S. However, since Facebook is confident in showcasing these features we can expect to see them in the coming months.

Messenger is also being redesigned to make it "faster and lighter", and it will get more options for easily sharing content and watching videos in real-time with friends.

Instagram will also allow users to shop from the creators they follow without leaving the application.

The platform's new face is cleaner and simpler, with a few additional features.

Other changes include continuing to increase its focus on disappearing stories, and discouraging users from competing for likes on Instagram.

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