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Here's why your Facebook page has a whole new look

Users have mixed feelings about bright new appearance
Posted: 1:54 PM, May 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-01 14:01:19-04

During a beautiful springtime lunch hour, we found many people checking their Facebook page.

And some users, like Joe Fessler, immediately noticed it looked very different.

"It just looks all white, and like the blue border seems like it's gone, like it didn't load right or something," he said, a bit disoriented by the new look.

He is not the only one a bit shaken by the new look. Facebook is making the biggest change to its look since the arrival of the News Feed in 2011, the company said in its announcement.

What will be different

A mockup, released by Facebook, shows how Groups, not your News Feed, will become the dominant feature (see photo above).

You will notice that the Feed so many of us check multiple times each day is now lower down on your Android or iOS phone screen.

Kim Frederick was impressed with the big photos of the Groups she belongs to. "It's better, it's brighter, and I like how the pictures are especially brighter," she said.

You won't see this change yet on your PC. Facebook is changing its mobile (phone) app first. Its desktop and laptop page won't change for at least few more weeks, the company says, giving you more time to get used to it.

Steve Moore is happy to hear about the slow roll out, because he says the changes make Facebook look a lot like sister site Instagram.

"I like the changes," he said, "but now I get confused, because it looks like Instagram. They have made them very similar."

Reasons for the change

The Wall Street Journal says Facebook will be emphasizing moderated Groups in the future, and individual conversations, instead of the News Feed.

The tech site The Verge says it will also be pushing Events, featuring things coming up that should interest you.

The Journal says it's part of Facebook's attempt cut down on fake news, hate speech, trolling and other problems that have caused so much trouble the past few years.

Hate and trolling can easily be deleted by Group moderators, making Facebook more like the original community site it was before 2011.

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