New Facebook re-design slammed by users as 'ugly' and 'gross' rolls out TODAY

FACEBOOK has begun rolling out its new design.

From today users will have the option to opt in to the new design which has a heavier emphasis on events and groups.

Plans for the fresh look were announced back in April last year and you may be surprised by the minimalism of the finished design.

A Facebook spokesperson told The Verge: "Starting today, the majority of people on Facebook will have access to the new desktop design.

"People can opt-in to try out the new design before it becomes default later this year."

Some people can see the new Facebook by logging into their account, going to "Settings" and clicking "See New Facebook".

If you don't like the new design you'll also be able to go to Settings and click “Switch to Classic Facebook.”

This will delay the change.

One of the biggest differences in the design is the new "Groups" tab on the menu bar.

Almost all of the website is now white, not blue, including the banner at the top.

This white banner holds light grey icons for News Feed, Facebook Messenger, notifications, Watch, Marketplace and Groups.

Clicking on the Groups tab will give you a personalised feed of content from members of groups you're in.

Facebook Stories has been moved to the centre of the page and you can see them in large rectangles rather than smaller circles.

The social network's logo has changed so it's now a white 'F' in a bright blue circle rather than a square.

The fresh redesign isn't proving very popular on Twitter though.

Several unimpressed Facebook users has voiced there concerns.

One tweeted: "New Facebook desktop layout = GROSS!”

Another said: “The new facebook layout is so ugly I'm in disbelief."

The new dark mode aspect has also divided users.

Some praised it whilst others were less impressed.

How does Facebook's user rating system work?

Facebook told The Sun that this is how the system works…

  • Facebook works to fight fake news by using machine learning systems
  • These automated systems predict articles that its human fact-checkers should review
  • Facebook developed a process that protects against people "indiscriminately flagging news as fake", attempting to game the system
  • One of the indicators used in this process is how people report articles as false
  • For instance, if someone previously gave Facebook feedback that an article was false, and then that article was confirmed false by a fact-checker, that person's future feedback would be weighted more positively
  • This is reflected in an invisible score or rating, which changes depending on the quality of a person's ratings
  • So if someone reports news as false regularly, and that news is rated as true, that person's future reports will be rated lower than someone with a higher score
  • Facebook says this is an effective way to fight misinformation
  • Facebook says that people often report something as false because they disagree with a story, or are trying to target a particular publisher
  • Attempts to game this feedback are why Facebook can't rely on the reporting system as a totally accurate indicator
  • Facebook told The Sun that the rating is specific to its fake news team, and that there's no unified score that is like a credit rating used everywhere

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