Facebook re-designed! What’s new?

Facebook re-designed! What’s new?

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Facebook finally released the new Messenger design.

There’s a lot of white space, fewer icons and buttons. It’s kind of confusing to use.

Three tabs

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From left to right: Chats, People, Discover tabs.

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Less is more, or so Facebook says. Instead of a bunch of tabs along the bottom of the app, there are now three: Chats, People and Discover.

Chats is where you can view contacts’ Stories and access recent conversations. The People tab shows you who is active and provides a more prominent preview of their latest Facebook Stories. The Discovery tab is where you can find local businesses to message, play games and interact with other Facebook pages.

Color gradients

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You’ve been able to customize the color of your Facebook Messenger chats for a while now, but in Messenger 4, there are now gradient color options.

With one of the gradient colors selected, messages you send in a chat will go from the assigned color to a completely different color as you scroll up through the chat.

To change the assigned color of a chat, tap on the person’s name or group chat’s name at the top of the screen and then select Color on the settings page.

Conversation controls

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Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Swipe either direction across a conversation when in the Chats tab to access quick actions. For example, a swipe to the left will give you a menu button, a mute button and a delete button. A swipe in the opposite direction provides the option to launch the camera and start a voice or video call.

Chat features have moved

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Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Prior to the updated interface, buttons to share an animated image or using one of the many apps that integrate into Messenger were readily visible. After the update, the app icons have been moved behind the four-dot icon next to the text field.

Dark mode is coming…

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According to Facebook’s announcement earlier, the company knew the redesign would take some getting used to, so in the future it will add more features, such as a dark mode.

What’s new today?

Facebook has finally added the ability for Messenger users to delete messages in a chat — something the social media giant had already selectively done for CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s old texts.

Last year, TechCrunch reported that some of Zuckerberg’s older Messenger texts had quietly vanished from the recipients’ inboxes. In a statement, Facebook cited the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014 as a reason to “protect our executives’ communications,” which included “limiting the retention period for Mark’s messages in Messenger.” It’s not known what the contents of Zuckerberg’s deleted texts were.

Now, Facebook is making the ability to trash embarrassing or inappropriate Messenger texts available to all users worldwide, although you can only delete a message within 10 minutes of sending it. The feature is rolling out starting Tuesday (Feb. 5), the company announced. In April 2018, after the revelation of Zuckerberg’s deleted messages, Facebook claimed it planned to launch an “unsend” feature for Messenger in the “next several months.”

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