The New York Times reports:
Mark Zuckerberg declared last month that he planned to shift Facebook away from being a public town square and to private communications. Now the chief executive is rolling out the first in a series of changes to achieve that.
On Tuesday at its annual developer conference, Facebook unveiled a redesign of its mobile app and desktop site. The revisions add new features to promote group-based communications instead of News Feed, where people publicly post a cascade of messages and status updates.
With the changes, users can more easily message one another and share news and other items with members of private groups on the site, the company said. Mr. Zuckerberg is working to integrate and encrypt Facebook’s different messaging services, which include WhatsApp and Messenger.
The redesigned version of the app is starting to roll out now, and the desktop changes will be coming later this year.
The biggest change is, well, everything. Both Facebook’s app and website look completely different (and, like new Twitter, very very white). Seriously, if you thought Facebook’s last major redesign came with a lot of extra white space, you’ll probably find the newest look even more jarring.
The familiar blue bar at the top is gone — replaced with a big, bright Facebook logo — and the navigational icons have moved to the top of the app. Stories icons are much larger and the status update box is smaller and less prominent.
Biggest redesign since Facebook’s launch (no more blue!) ships today in the US, and rest of the world over the coming weeks pic.twitter.com/Oka5fA0F11
— nic nguyen (@itsnicolenguyen) April 30, 2019
— Digital Trends (@DigitalTrends) April 30, 2019
Facebook unveiled a redesign as it tries to move past privacy scandals. The changes will make Facebook “more trustworthy,” said Mark Zuckerberg.https://t.co/LWBL8u5X8v
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 30, 2019
Facebook rolls out new app and web redesign “geared partly toward steering users to participate in more group conversations as the company strives to reduce abusive content and the scrutiny resulting from it.” https://t.co/DND4x1w3mG pic.twitter.com/thg012gpDR
— Adriana Lacy (@Adriana_Lacy) April 30, 2019