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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

7 most important things Facebook announced at F8 2018

CEO Mark Zuckerberg started off the F8 2018 conference with a protracted apology for Facebook’s role in Russian election-meddling and third-party acquisitions of personal data, explaining Facebook's new privacy security settings along the way. Here are the seven most important announcements from the F8 2018 Day 1 keynote:

*1. Oculus Go release date is today: *In a not-so-surprise announcement, Zuckerberg informed the San Jose, California conference crowd and those watching via livestream that Oculus Go is on sale today on Oculus.com. People in 23 countries, including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, can go on the site and purchase the standalone headset right now.

*2. Dating profiles are coming to Facebook:* Soon, you'l' be able to build a Facebook dating profile and connect with other singles in your area—in a part of the app that your regular Facebook friends can’t see. If you opt into the feature, you’ll be able to set up a dating profile, then search your area for Events and Groups where you're likely to meet potential daters.

*3. Facebook Messenger is getting a redesign: *Facebook Messenger may be getting new features like *4K photos, AR effects and AI translation* tech, but the platform's upcoming interface revamp will clear away a lot of the clutter. VP of Messaging David Marcus showed off a quick glance at the new look on stage some time after Zuckerberg also said Messenger was due to get a simpler, cleaner look.

*4. Clear History will wipe what you've been browsing:* In a few months, Facebook will roll out a “Clear History” option, which will let you turn off Facebook’s ability to store data on you. Normally, Facebook Analytics collects data on your browsing history and “Likes”, and uses this information to curate suggestions and ads for your feed. With Clear History, you’ll be able to wipe all of Facebook Analytics’ collected information about you.

*5. New social-focused VR apps: *Oculus is pulling out all of the stops to ensure that Oculus Go owners have plenty of new, exclusive VR content to try out within their first month of purchase. Facebook, which owns Oculus, outlined the new and significantly updated apps coming to the platform. The first app, Oculus Rooms, has been around for awhile, but now it's redesigned and all about making it easier than ever to hang out with friends in a virtual space to play games, watch movies, or otherwise catch up. It'll be available for Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR for now.

*6. Instagram and Messenger add AR Camera Effects:* At last year’s F8, Facebook showed off its new augmented reality (AR) technology, which lets you insert 3D animated creations into your photos and videos. Now, the company has brought its AR Camera Effects suite directly into Instagram and Facebook Messenger, so you can add things like face filters, “world effects” or 3D objects into your feed.

*7. Big updates to Instagram chat and WhatsApp calling: *Confirming rumours from earlier this year, Zuckerberg announced that Instagram users can now use video chat to connect with people through the app. *Up to four people can join the chat at once*, and you’ll be able to browse around inside the app while your friends sit in a thumbnail in the corner. Facebook has also added a similar option to *WhatsApp called Group Calling*, which also allows up to four people onto one call.

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