Facebook has commenced the public beta testing of its redesigned website interface that bears a striking resemblance to the screenshots showed off by the company at its latest F8 developer conference earlier this year. As seen from the screenshots shared by some Twitter users, the new UI does not only has an optional dark mode, but also a distinctly Twitter-like interface.
— Mantas Rukuiža (@MantasRukuiza) October 14, 2019
As you can see from the embedded tweet below, the company is inviting select users to test out the new UI with a simple invitation that reads: “We are excited for you to try a fresh, simpler experience of the Facebook website”. Calling its new UI a “new streamlined way to navigate”, the company says its “Larger fonts and simplified layouts will make it easier to do what you want”.
— anastipu (@teepusahab) October 11, 2019
Kindly note that these early beta testers will also have the option to reverse back to the old UI via a simple toggle in case they don’t like the new interface. However, Facebook is yet to officially confirm the developments, and there’s no immediate word on when it might be rolled out universally. Also, the screenshots seen above represent the test version, which means the final product may differ somewhat from these images.
At present, you can apparently only have access to the new version on an invite-only basis, but that should, hopefully, change in the days ahead with more users starting to see the toggle to try out the new interface. Personally, I haven’t received the invite yet, but from what I can see, the dark mode makes it look fairly compelling. Having said that, I’m yet to be convinced by all the changes.