Facebook to axe popular feature in four days after huge changes

Facebook is to axe a popular feature in September following a huge redesign.

In May, the social networking giant revealed a new layout for its desktop site following a complete coding rewrite.

Features in the new version include a new minimalist interface, dark mode and more News Feed options.

Facebook’s logo also changed, with the letter "F" now in a simple blue circle.

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It means the desktop site as we know it will vanish in just a few days' time.

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Their technology communications manager, Alexandru Voica said: "We’ve grown since [Facebook] launched 16 years ago; we’ve built new features, optimised for new devices/operating systems, and expanded to 100s of languages.

"Recently we’d focused on the mobile Facebook experience, and realised our desktop site had fallen behind.

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"So we did on-the-ground research, spending months talking to people about how we could make the web experience better for them…

"We rethought how we write CSS to unlock new capabilities such as Dark Mode, we split the JavaScript code into tiers to improve performance, and we modernised our data fetching infra on the web.

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"Thanks to this new tech stack, we were able to ship features such as COVID-19 Information Centre, Your Time On Facebook, and Privacy Checkup faster and with higher quality."

Currently, users who prefer the classic layout can switch back temporarily.

But starting in September, everyone will have the new design – and changing layouts will no longer be an option.

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