At the F8 2018, Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the day with a keynote on how we’re taking a broader view of our responsibility by not only giving people powerful tools, but also making sure those tools are used for good. He discussed our responsibility to keep building new services that bring people together in meaningful new ways across Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Oculus.
Today, we’re announcing plans to build Clear History. This feature will enable you to see the websites and apps that send us information when you use them, delete this information from your account, and turn off our ability to store it associated with your account going forward. Learn more here.
Sharing to Stories
We’re introducing a new way for people to share from their favorite apps to both Facebook and Instagram Stories.
People already share their interests on our platforms, and now we’re making that experience faster, easier and more creative on Stories.
Just tap the share button in an app like Spotify to share what you’re listening to directly into the camera. From there you can edit and share to your story or feed. You don’t have to connect your Facebook or Instagram account to other apps in order to share to Stories.
We’re introducing the Groups tab, which helps you navigate to your existing groups more easily and interact with content from all your groups. Later this year, you’ll be able to discover and join new groups through the tab.
We’re building a feature for dating and relationships within the Facebook app. People already use Facebook to meet new people, and we want to make that experience better. People will be able to create a dating profile that is separate from their Facebook profile — and potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends.
Blood Donations on Facebook
We recently launched a new feature for people in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan to register as blood donors on Facebook. We know that donors want to step up to help their community, but often don’t know when or where to donate. So today, we’re announcing Blood Donations on Facebook to make it easier for people who want to donate to find opportunities nearby.
Investing in our Developer Community
We recently took a number of steps to better protect people’s information on Facebook. Today, we are making several important improvements to our policies and programs for the developer community with a focus on building trust with the people who use our products. We are re-opening our app review process after making some changes to make it more comprehensive and grounded on ensuring that each of our APIs creates value for people, is transparent and builds trust.
WhatsApp Group Calling and Stickers
Voice and video calling are very popular on WhatsApp, and we’re excited to share that group calling will be coming in the months ahead. Stickers are also coming to WhatsApp soon.
AR for the Messenger Platform
We’re launching the ability for brands to integrate AR camera effects into their Messenger experience. This feature, launching in closed beta, helps people get valuable, instant feedback about purchases, and more. Developers will be able to build experiences that let people virtually customize or try on merchandise, walk through new products, or simply express themselves in a fun way.
Bringing VR Mainstream
We announced new ways people for people to express themselves and connect with friends and family in AR/VR:
- Oculus Go Available Now: Oculus’ first standalone VR headset is available globally today, starting at $199 USD. With more than 1,000 apps, games and experiences available at launch, there’s never been an easier way to jump into VR than with this all-in-one headset. Visit the website to learn more or order.
- New Apps for Shared VR Experiences: We’re introducing new ways to experience VR with friends and connect with your favorite entertainment. Oculus Venues is your ticket to live social events in VR including concerts, sports and comedy nights with friends and thousands of other people. Oculus Rooms, originally released for Gear VR, has been redesigned with the launch of Oculus Go and lets friends play board games, watch movies and more. Oculus TV gives you a virtual big screen TV, where you can watch live or on-demand content – and will allow up to four people to watch together starting this summer. Oculus Venues and Oculus TV launch later this month.
- More Immersive Ways to Share: Recently, Facebook introduced 3D posts and today, we’re announcing that people will soon be able to take 3D objects from News Feed into Facebook Camera AR experiences with one tap. We also announced 3D Photos, coming this summer — this is a new media type that lets people capture 3D moments in time using a smartphone and share on Facebook.