The new tab will show more, so you can discover more.
Content classification and community is curation is coming. This should make for a more immersive experience.
The comments filter gets an accompanying bullying filter. This will apparently make for a friendlier and safer Instagram experience.
Slime enthusiasts find slime...oddly satisfying
TIL. Thanks, Facebook.
Conveying more emotion
Picture in Picture is coming to Instagram. Video chat windows can now reside in a smaller window so you can "browse" and react to whatever else you're doing on Instagram, as a group.
What's poor @jiffpom doing on stage?
Sharing will be easier on Instagram
Spotify sharing makes it easy to share directly to Instagram. Go Pro footage can also be shared directly.
Camera Effects are coming to Instagram as a closed beta. Effects designed by participants will only show up for followers.
Non-followers will also be able to use those Effects, but only if a friend used or posted something with those Effects.
Safety check 2.0
People will now be able to give first person accounts. Also, blood donations are coming to Facebook.
You can register as a blood donor on Facebook and there will also be "hubs" where people and clinics can work together to help with this.
The most important memory for a lot of people was that of meeting their loved one online.
Facebook wants to build a platform that will make this much easier. Facebook believes that this will enable a safer environment for meeting people.
The dating apps will suggests events and festivals that groups can attend. If you're using the dating service, you can "unlock" the group, allowing other potential dates attending that event to view your profile, and you to view theirs.
Chatting on the dating app will be text-only, in the interest of safety. These chats will not be linked to Messenger.
More info on groups
The Groups tab will help people manage their groups better. It'll also make it easier to find groups.
One of the more important updates to groups is that groups will be able to do things together.
For this, we're getting Watch Party and Live Commentating.
We NEED to keep building
Zuckerberg: "Giving people a voice is important. Building relationships is important. Creating a community is important. Bringing the world closer together is important. It's important, and that's why we will keep building. We need to keep building. We need to keep people safe, but we need to keep building."
Since Zuckerberg failed to mention it, we'd also like to add:
Respecting people's privacy is important. Respecting people's privacy is important. Respecting people's privacy is important. Did we mention that respecting people's privacy was important?
As mentioned earlier, the $199 Oculus Go VR headset is now available. All participants will get a free headset.
Zuckerberg: Our goal here is to create a real feeling of presence. Over the long term, VR and AR will take communication to the next level (duh).
Facebook will take photos and map out "immersive spaces" using those photos. It can, for example, recreate your childhood home from images from your childhood *shudder*
Last year, this would have been great news, but given the recent scandals, it just sounds creepy now.
Messenger is getting a design overhaul. AR Camera Effects are also coming to Messenger.
Group videos for WhatsApp
Group video chat is coming to WhatsApp
Zuckerberg tries to take credit for bringing end-to-end encryption to WhatsApp, completely ignoring the fact that Jan left because he didn't like the way Facebook was attempting to undermine that very encryption.
AR Camera Effects are coming to Instagram.
Explore is going to be more focused on the things you're going to be focused on.
A lot of people are going to be on live video. We want to be as close to someone without actually being there.
For that, we're starting video chat for Instagram. I think this is going to be a really big deal.
Facebook will renew its focus on Marketplace, a tool for buying and selling goods.
Building meaningful relationships
i.e., Facebook is taking on Tinder. Zuckerberg has announced a new Dating app. It's built with "privacy" and "security" in mind. Your friends will not be able to see your profile if you don't want them to.
Groups to be the core of Facebook
There will be a new 'Groups' tab. This will make 'Groups' easier to access and offer people more control.
Benefits to well-being
Zuckerberg: People want Facebook to be about friends and interacting with people. That's what we'll focus on.
We're rolling out Watch Party. You can watch things together, laugh together, cry together. It's a social tool for watching video.
<insert tasteless joke about congressional hearings here>
Just as a browser gives you an option to "Clear History", Facebook will give you a similar option. As Zuckerberg points out, this means that Facebook will have to relearn everything about you. *sounds of applause*
There are two problems here:
1. How do we trust that Facebook is actually deleting everything it has on you?
2. Why is this a bad thing?
On data breaches
Zuckerberg: To all the developers here, I know that the vast majority of you are building great things. We need to take steps to ensure that everyone is working on great things.
Fighting fake news
Zuckerberg is discussing the measures that Facebook has implemented to fight fake news. It's nothing that we hasn't already been discussed. He mentions more moderators, AI tools, etc.
The Oculus GO VR headset is up for pre-order already. Rumour has it that all F8 attendees will be given a free headset. Considering that the ticket alone costs over $600, getting a $199 headset for "free", and several hours of training, isn't such a bad deal.
The GO is a purely wireless VR headset. You don't need a phone or a PC to stream VR content to it.
30 minutes and counting
Another 30 minutes before the stream goes live. The wait had better be worth it!
Facebook F8 Livestream
The F8 livestream will start at 10.30 pm IST. Those interested can sign up here to watch.
Feel free to follow this live blog and Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates from the event.
There might not be a heavy build up to the 2018 edition of Facebook's annual developer's conference but it still is a very important event for Facebook and its executives who will try and reassure developers that there still is a lot to be done at Facebook.
Facebook F8 2018. Image: Facebook
The event is expected to be more muted than the previous years, considering Facebook must have had to rework a lot of the expected announcements, including a smart speaker. It has also revoked a lot of third-party apps from accessing some data which was previously easy to use, in light of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, so they will have to glance over the core do's and don'ts of the platform again in their keynotes.
That said, Facebook still claims that this one is the biggest F8 ever, with more than 50 sessions available to a record crowd of 5,000 attendees. The event begins at 10:30 pm IST and you can go ahead and watch the live keynotes here or just follow the highlights right here as and when it happens.