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Everything Facebook Announced at F8
By: Business Insider
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Facebook's annual F8 developers conference is typically chock full of splashy product and new feature announcements.

This year, the social media giant entered F8 under a cloud of high-profile scandals, including how the company deals with hate speech, election integrity, and data privacy.

Even so, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives unveiled a variety of new products at the 2-day event, going to great lengths to show that the company still has a few tricks up its sleeves despite all the recent distractions.

Here are the most important new products and features Facebook showed off at the conference: 


DATING

Facebook will be integrating a feature for online dating directly into its main social-networking app. The feature, called Dating Home, will be opt-in and accessible by clicking on a small heart icon in the top right of the Facebook app.

Users who choose to create a Facebook dating profile will be able to chat with potential matches based on events and groups both are interested in.

Lest you get the wrong idea, though, Zuckerberg says: "This is going to be for building real long-term relationships, not just hookups."

Learn more about how the dating service will work here


WATCH PARTY
 

Zuckerberg announced a new feature that lets users watch video while chatting with friends.

Showing off the new feature, he even poked fun at himself using his recent Congressional testimony in response to the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal.

"Let's say your friend is testifying in Congress ... you can laugh together, cry together. Some of my friends actually did this! Let's not do that again any time soon," he said. 


VIDEO CHAT ON INSTAGRAM AND WHATSAPP
 

Users can already video chat with multiple people on Facebook Messenger, but the company announced that Instagram and WhatsApp, both of which are owned by Facebook, are getting the feature too.

On Instagram, users will be able to minimize the video and continue video chatting while using Instagram simultaneously. 


OCULUS

Facebook's standalone virtual reality Oculus GO headset started shipping Tuesday. It'll cost $199. Unlike the existing, and more expensive, Oculus VR headset, the new Go headset does not need to be connected to a computer.

Accompanying the hardware, Facebook also announced Oculus TV, a feature that will put users in a virtual living room where they can watch shows from ESPN, Netflix, Hulu, and Showtime together. 


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