Besides interoperability, Facebook also announced an official desktop client for Messenger on Mac and Windows, due later this year. Group interaction options will show up while a user is browsing other parts of Facebook.
Facebook's greater emphasis on privacy likely won't interfere with its ad targeting capabilities, considering that the company has tightened its data-sharing policies in recent years. If successful, the move could not only bolster its core advertising business, which makes up almost all of of its revenue today, but could also create a significant new revenue stream in payments. The redesign follows Facebook's plans to change its image and reputation as a more private, intimate social network. Facebook executives mentioned that users will have the ability to send WhatsApp and Instagram messages from Messenger. It will allow users to create prominent group tabs and a personalized feed from the groups a user joins instead of having a generalized update feed from friends.
It will also introduce a new feature "Secret Crush" in Facebook Dating that is now available in a few geographies. It's also a response to the myriad of data privacy scandals Facebook has been mired in for the past two years.
"With catalogues, businesses can showcase their goods so people can easily discover them".
A new "Groups" tab is at the center of the app and content from Groups will appear more often in News Feed.
The company is also planning to introduce a similar feature on Instagram wherein users can shop from creators without leaving the app.
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"Data in those chat messengers is not as valuable as the demographic and behavioral information they collect based on how users interact with the platform", Mr Sparrow said. It would damn well need to be after the past year or more of seemingly never-ending privacy debacles. It's the Android and iOS apps that are set to be revamped first before the desktop version ushers in the change later this year.
With Portal, the company claims it has introduced new ways in which people can connect more deeply in video calls. Once a user opts-in, they will be presented with people from different communities like a school, workplace, or city who have also opted for the service.
Facebook has with WhatsApp and the Messenger, and a particularly strong Position in the case of chat services.
Mr. Zuckerberg said the payments feature on WhatsApp - now being tested in India with about one million users - will be rolled out in some other countries by the end of the year.
Facebook's dating service, Facebook Dating, is expanding to 14 more countries including the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Guyana and Suriname. Both are priced the same, $399 though Rift S has a model with higher storage and will cost $499.
Last week, the company said it is setting aside $2 billion to pay a potential fine.