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Zuckerberg Unveils New Facebook Interface

The Associated Press
Created: April 30, 2019 05:52 PM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the company's annual F8 developer conference Tuesday with more details about his new "privacy-focused" vision for the social network — including a major redesign of Facebook's app and website that is built around letting people connect with small groups.

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The new features are part of Zuckerberg's strategy for batting away Facebook's growing array of critics, emboldened regulators and competitors. Zuckerberg acknowledged the skepticism of the company during his keynote.

Zuckerberg launched this new emphasis earlier this year as Facebook tries to recover from a series of huge privacy lapses that have rocked the company over the past 15 months. It continues to run a highly profitable business built on collecting personal information from its users so it can sell ads targeted to their interests.

But Facebook has acknowledged its inability to protect its users privacy could result in a $3 billion to $5 billion fine by the Federal Trade Commission.

Facebook is rolling out a major redesign of its social network's mobile app and introducing a desktop app for its Messenger service as it tries to recover from a series of privacy breakdowns that have cast a cloud over its future.

The overhauled mobile app unveiled Tuesday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is supposed to make it easier for the social network's more than 2.2 billion users to find other people with common interests by connecting through its groups features.

The new option to communicate through a Messenger app designed for personal computers is part of Zuckerberg's plan to emphasize more private ways for Facebook users to communicate instead of encouraging them to share everything on their personal pages.

Messenger will eventually use encryption technology that will make content indecipherable to anyone but the sender and recipients. That's similar to what Facebook's WhatsApp service already does.

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