Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has announced that its “classic” experience will be retired in September. The social media giant announced that it will discontinue the old web design making it mandatory for everyone to use the new design. Currently, users can switch between the new and the old interface on Facebook’s site, but the company has warned that this option will not be available starting September.
The social media giant unveiled the new design during last year’s developer conference. The company went ahead and rolled out the new look on iOS and Android apps. The new update got a widespread release in March when it was available on desktops.
The new design has some advantages compared to the old interface. It is less crowded and looks more modern. In addition, the new design is available in dark mode, making it easier to use.
Facebook to do more to tame hate speech in India
Facebook has admitted that there have been lapses in taming hate speech in India’s political class. The company has been accused of turning a blind eye on hate speech by leaders from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Facebook has admitted that it needs to control more menace in the world’s most populous country.
The admission comes after a recent Wall Street revelation, which indicated that a top Facebook India executive declined to remove a comment deemed to propagate hate because it would damage Facebook’s business interests. The comment, which was deemed hateful, was posted by a BJP legislator.
“We’ve made progress on tackling hate speech on our platform, but we need to do more,” said Facebook India’s managing director Ajit Mohan.
Taming minority and religious persecution
In its report, the WSJ indicated that T Raja Singh, lone BJP legislator in India’s southern state of Telangana, posted on his Facebook page that Muslims are traitors and that the Rohingya refugees in India should be shot.
The report also mentioned two other BJP leaders who posted hateful posts but later deleted them after being approached by the newspaper for comments.