Social networking giant Facebook appears to have begun offering some users access to the redesigned desktop experience, which was first released in April and is now less chaotic and uses brighter icons, according tomedia CNET. When people sign in to Facebook for the first time and use the new feature, they see a pop-up window inviting them to help test what the company calls “new Facebook.” If they agree, Facebook will allow them to set the site to use a white background and bright colors, or to use a dark mode background.
Facebook currently has about 2.5 billion active users, but the company is trying to shake off the many privacy and corporate misconduct controversies it faces. But as the 2020 U.S. election approaches, there are fears that the company may not be ready for other election meddling, false information and propaganda that could spread across its services. Facebook has also come under increasing attack from government regulators and lawmakers, who have increased the likelihood of fines for misconduct and even corporate fines for Facebook executives.
Facebook acknowledged its mistakes in an ad campaign and promised to do better. The company has also redesigned the logo to make it more prominent in other popular applications.
Facebook currently offers people who agree to use their redesigned site the option to switch back to their usual older standard look. People can also provide feedback to the company about the new design.
Facebook initially said it would start offering the new design last year, but it has not yet made it widely available. However, the company did redesign its mobile app in a similar look.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.