Thursday March 21, 2019
Home Lead Story Facebook Test...

Facebook Testing Dark Mode For The Messaging App

Dark mode essentially changes the overall colour theme of an operating system (OS) or applications to the colour black

0
//
Facebook, data
Facebook staring at bigger problems this year, warns analyst. VOA

After experimenting to bring changes to the user interface (UI) of Messenger, Facebook is finally testing a dark mode for the messaging app and platform in some countries.

Facebook Messenger has over one billion monthly active users and back in May 2018, at the company’s F8 developer convention, the Messenger team announced they were working on a redesign for the application.

“So far as we can tell in our own testing, the US isn’t included. As a result, we aren’t entirely sure what it looks like, either.

Facebook
Facebook testing dark mode for Messenger in some countries. Pixabay

“If you are in a supported country, based on the screenshot provided, a new ‘Dark Mode’ setting should appear in the ‘Me’ section of the app. A warning detailing that the new dark mode is still a work in progress will also appear — though it isn’t immediately clear if that message appears when toggling the setting, or when loading the section which contains it,” the Android Police reported late on Tuesday.

The dark mode for Messenger has been widely anticipated since the social networking giant announced a new, simplified UI called Messenger 4 at its F8 annual developer conference in October 2018.

Also Read- Apple AirPower Misses Release Window in 2018

Google has also confirmed that dark mode on Android phones uses less power and saves battery life.

Dark mode essentially changes the overall colour theme of an operating system (OS) or applications to the colour black. (IANS)

Next Story

Social Media Giant Facebook to Curb Discrimination in Housing, Job Ads

Any detailed targeting option describing or appearing to relate to protected classes will also be unavailable

0
Facebook, data, vietnam
This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

In a bid to avoid discrimination in ads related to housing, jobs and credits, Facebook has announced new changes where anyone who wants to run such ads will no longer be allowed to target by age, gender or zip code.

These changes are the result of settlement agreements with leading civil rights organisations and ongoing input from civil rights experts, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in a blog post late Tuesday.

Last year, the US National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and other private parties, filed litigation against Facebook, saying it needs to build stronger protections against abuse.

Facebook
Facebook, social media. Pixabay

“Our policies already prohibit advertisers from using our tools to discriminate. We’ve removed thousands of categories from targeting related to protected classes such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion. But we can do better,” said Sandberg.

Advertisers offering housing, employment and credit opportunities will now have a much smaller set of targeting categories to use in their campaigns overall.

Also Read- Colour Holi Snaps with Next-Gen iPhone, iOS Apps

Any detailed targeting option describing or appearing to relate to protected classes will also be unavailable.

“We’re building a tool so you can search for and view all current housing ads in the US targeted to different places across the country, regardless of whether the ads are shown to you,” said the Facebook COO. (IANS)