Facebook’s dark mode is finally on the way

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According to software engineer Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook is working on a dark mode for the mobile app. Wong even enabled it by digging around through some code, but it’s clear dark mode isn’t quite ready.

As of this writing, only certain parts of the Facebook app have been reworked to support dark mode. There are still plenty of bright white spots, with dark text still displaying on a dark background and vice-versa. It might take some time until you can enable dark mode in the Facebook app, but at least the company is working on it.


Previous Facebook updates

Major Facebook redesign puts Groups and Events front and center

May 1, 2019: Facebook announced a major redesign to its mobile app, with a heavier emphasis on Groups and Events. The new Groups tab in the menu bar lets you scroll through all of your Groups in a News Feed-like format, along with recommendations for new Groups in a Discover tag. In the redesign is the new Meet New Friends tool, which encourages connections with other Facebook users with similar interests and friend groups.

Facebook Dating coming to US by end of 2019

April 30, 2019: Facebook has committed to bringing Facebook Dating to the United States by the end of 2019. Facebook also introduced a new feature called Secret Crush. The purpose of Secret Crush is to help you connect to people with whom you are already friends. The service is live in five countries with 14 more on the way very soon.

New steps to reduce “problematic content”

April 9, 2019: Facebook has announced updates to its “Remove, Reduce, Inform” initiative come in the wake of multiple controversies involving content on the social network. A new section on the Facebook Community Standards site for tracking updates, and a greater crackdown on Facebook Groups that spread misinformation. Trust Indicators have also been added to the News Feed Context Button for English and Spanish content and the Content Button has been expanded to images. Users who leave Facebook Groups will also now be able to delete all their posts and comments.

Facebook Tributes for memorialized accounts

April 9, 2019: Facebook added a new feature for memorialized profiles. The new Facebook Tributes profile section lets friends and family share posts in a separate tab. Facebook also now allows legacy contacts to moderate posts and has changed the rules so that only friends and family members can request to have an account memorialized.

Facebook Gaming tab

March 14, 2019: Facebook has added a dedicated Gaming tab. The new feed gives users quick access to Instant Games, gaming videos, and game-related groups.

Facebook Watch Party with Live TV and Tap through to Spotify

March 13, 2019: Facebook’s Watch Party feature has been upgraded to let people host Watch Parties around live TV. Users can now chat about events happening on live TV — such as soccer matches — in real time. The company also added Tap through to Spotify so users can tap on a profile song and listen directly on Spotify with a single tap.


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