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Highlights: Mark Zuckerberg unveils a privacy-focused future for Facebook

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.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes his keynote speech during Facebook Inc's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes his keynote speech during Facebook Inc's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (REUTERS)
30 Apr 2019, 11:08 AM 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.

30 Apr 2019, 11:03 AM 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.

30 Apr 2019, 10:58 AM IST

Facebook revamps desktop version

Here’s the first look at new Facebook desktop version.
Here’s the first look at new Facebook desktop version. (Facebook)

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.

30 Apr 2019, 10:50 AM 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.

30 Apr 2019, 10:45 AM 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.

30 Apr 2019, 10:41 AM IST

Changes to developer programme

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

30 Apr 2019, 10:38 AM 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

Safety

Interoperability

Secure Data Storage

30 Apr 2019, 10:36 AM 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.

30 Apr 2019, 10:33 AM 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.

30 Apr 2019, 10:32 AM IST

F8 kicks off

Facebook’s annual developer conference has begun.

30 Apr 2019, 10:24 AM IST

Event to begin shortly

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

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

30 Apr 2019, 10:04 AM 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.