Facebook’s new look has been in the works for more than a year and will soon be the only way to use the social network.
As seen by Engadget, a note on a Facebook support page suggests that the old design, or classic Facebook, will disappear in September. The support page details how users can return to classic Facebook from the new design. Facebook made its new default look in May, but gave users the ability to opt out.
Also, the button on Facebook to switch between the designs confirms that Classic Facebook will disappear in September.
To change the layout, users can click a button in the upper right corner; looks like a gray circle with a down arrow. That opens up a menu with an option to ‘Switch to Classic Facebook’. Below that option, it says “Classic Facebook will no longer be available from September.”
Also, those who click on the option will be presented with a similar option and asked why they are changing. Facebook says it asks to find out why people return to classic Facebook so it can enhance the new experience.
The new design of Facebook brings a modern look to the social network and places greater emphasis on features such as Groups, Games, Marketplace and Watch, a section focused on videos. The new look also has a dark mode and aligns Facebook’s web interface with its mobile apps.
All in all, the new look is a pretty nice change, although I’m not sure a fresh coat of paint will do the trick for most deck problems. Hate speech and conspiracy theories remain rampant and the company continues to collect data on users.