Facebook F8 2020: Developer conference returns in May


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Facebook’s yearly designer conference will start in May next year.

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Facebook’s F8 designer conference will return next year to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on May 5 and 6, providing CEO Mark Zuckerberg another possibility to demonstrate how the social media is tackling its most significant issues from personal privacy to false information.

Facebook generally reveals brand-new functions throughout the conference, however the spotlight will as soon as again be on Zuckerberg’s keynote speech. This year, Zuckerberg stated the business is focusing more on the social media’s personal areas such as messaging. F8 will be another chance to see how these efforts are panning out.

The business prepares to include end-to-end file encryption to Facebook Messenger and Instagram messages like WhatsApp. That suggests messages can’t be seen by anybody outside the sender and recipient, a relocation that police concern will make it more difficult to fix kid exploitation criminal offenses. It’s likewise dealing with a method for users of all 3 of these services to send out messages to one another without changing apps.

After a series of scandals, Facebook is attempting to restore trust with its almost 2.5 billion users. Scrutiny of the business has actually just heightened after discoveries emerged in 2018 that UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica collected the information from as much as 87 million users without their authorization. In July, the Federal Trade Commission hit Facebook with a record $5 billion fine for breaching customers’ personal privacy.

“I know that we don’t exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly,” Zuckerberg stated throughout this year’s F8.

But Facebook’s issues have not stopped there. Lawmakers and even Facebook’s own creator have actually contacted the federal government to break the social networks giant up. Then there’s all the criticism Facebook has actually been dealing with over enabling political leaders to depend on advertisements.

All these scandals do not seem making a huge damage in Facebook’s service or its efforts to grow beyond social networking. The business has actually likewise been broadening into virtual truth, video chat gadgets, cryptocurrency and even dating. It even revealed a brand-new business logo design and revamped its mobile app and site this year to offer it a cleaner and more modern-day appearance. Now we’ll need to wait and see if all these efforts settle.

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