F8 2019: What's new from Facebook and Instagram
Instagram is taking a page out of Facebook’s playbook.
The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app is adding a donation button to Instagram Stories so users can start their own nonprofit fundraisers. Starting Tuesday, Instagram users in the US can raise money for groups like Black Girls Code, ASPCA, No Kid Hungry and the Nature Conservancy.
Donations have been a huge success on Facebook: Over $1 billion has been raised on the platform for various causes as of November 2018.
Carolyn Everson, Facebook VP of its Global Business Group, spoke to reporters at an F8 viewing party at the company's New York office.
"It has not been an easy 18 to 24 months at Facebook. I'm not going to sugarcoat it," she said.
Everson, who has been with the company for eight years, called Facebook's latest struggles "the biggest cultural shift we've seen," even more so than other major business changes it has endured, including the shift to mobile, beefing up its video presence or acquiring Instagram.
Over the past 2 years, Facebook faced a seemingly never-ending stream of scandals, from not properly masking user passwords and a massive data breach to collecting as many as 1.5 million users' email contacts without their consent.
"We are taking these things seriously," said Everson, who added she's "proud" of the work Facebook is doing and the progress it has made.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes the stage at the company's annual developer's conference at 10am PST. It's been a rough couple of years for the company, so presumably he'll address the series of privacy scandals that have plagued the organization.
(For more details on that, check out our amazing and totally up-to-the-minute timeline: Facebook's bottomless pit of scandals.)
F8 highlights the company's latest features and products. But not everything it's announced over the years has materialized -- or at least not yet.
We looked back at some of the biggest announcements from F8 in years past that have yet to become a reality. They include typing with your thoughts, hearing with your skin and the downfall of Facebook's personal assistant M.