Facebook debuts new look and features

Facebook debuted a makeover for its main app on Tuesday and said the company is making a major shift in how it’s run.CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the company’s two-day developer conference with a keynote address in front of about 5,000 attendees in San Jose, California, which revolved around his desire to make Facebook (FB) privacy-centric.

“I know we don’t exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly,” said Zuckerberg, acknowledging skepticism around the company. “I am committed to doing this well.”It’s unclear if a new design and approach to privacy will usher in real change for the beleaguered company, which reaches more than 2 billion people around the world, or if it’s just a new coat of paint. It could take some time to see if the changes make a noticeable difference.

“I’m sure we’re going to keep unearthing old issues for a while, so it may feel like we’re not making progress at first,” said Zuckerberg.In addition to a new Facebook app design with a focus on groups, Facebook showed off a faster Messenger app that includes ways to watch videos together, and new features for Instagram, including fund-raising and shopping options.

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