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Facebook to release new versions of Portal video chat devices this fall

Bhaswati Sarkar
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There has been a huge uproar over users’ privacy violation and content moderation practices by Facebook since last year. A number of implementations of new updates have not been able to meet the demands of securing the privacy of Facebook users which has led to some people abandoning Facebook service and a probable deduction in profits for Facebook Inc.

In the face of this difficulty, Facebook Inc has taken the decision to release new versions of Facebook Portal video chat devices later this year. Such new video chat devices would follow Facebook’s drive towards private messaging by encryption of conversations on its messaging services. 

CEO Mark Zuckerberg had previously indicated that the near future would see direct messaging becoming more common and widespread than the traditional, open platform news feed of Facebook.

In an interview at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, Andrew Bosworth, the Vice President of Facebook Inc’s AR/VR talked about “new form factors” that are soon going to be made available to users this year, without having described the new devices nor stating the number of device sales since Portal’s launch in 2018.

Bosworth stressed a private conversation when he stated that these new devices were to be used only for calling purposes as they did not have the capability of recording. 

There was a lot of conversation around us launching Portal. But it’s about what Facebook is at its core. It’s entirely about private conversation – Andrew Bosworth, vice president of AR/VR

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is the only private messaging app of Facebook Inc that offers full security for message content and against all outsiders, including Facebook.


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