Facebook unveils new AR, VR platforms and products

And at the conference we might hear more about further steps the company is taking to monitor the reliability of news on the social network. From now until early June, San Jose will also host two other big tech events: Apple's yearly World Wide Developers Conference, which is leaving San Francisco after 15 years, and Silicon Valley Comic Con, which was created by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

For instance, Facebook announced a development tool that lets developers write effects for Facebooks AR app, akin to Snap's filters.

It even showed off how it envisions the world could be social in VR.

Facebook has launched a new platform for developers today which will enable them to build augmented reality experiences for its in-app cameras.

Facebook F8: When is it?

At the April 18-19 conference in San Jose, the company might also lay out plans and updates for some of its key initiatives, like messaging and live video, Re/Code reported on Monday. Since coding can be a lonely undertaking, Facebook is launching Developer Circles.

However, this year's F8 announcements are expected to be little different than last year.

A second tool, Frame Studio, allows anyone to create their own static frames. You can either sign up with Facebook or register with email.

If you're interested in tuning in, the conference begins at 10 a.m.

Shareholders are requesting that Facebook release a report by December 2017 on the company's policies and goals to reduce the gender pay gap, or the difference between how much men vs. women earn at the company.

Facebook recently announced that Messenger has reached 1.2 billion users. The developer platform now has over 100,000 developers building on it. Messenger bots are getting a massive overhaul with the all new Messenger Platform 2.0. Facebook is keen to promote chatbots across both Messenger and WhatsApp as a way for businesses to better interact with customers. The social network may be building an Instagram Lite, or it could just be working an offline version, according to a scheduled session called "Building Offline Experiences for Instagram". "We will keep doing what we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening".

Despite his big stock sale, Zuckerberg still controls 59.7 percent of Facebook's voting power, that is slightly down from 60.1 percent of the voting control from a year ago.

Mark Zuckerberg has a vision for the future, and it involves a lot less stuff. These features could allows you to add photo and video overlays.

Rachel Rubin Franklin, the former head of the Sims video game franchise, said it lets you spend time with people and gives "the essence that you're really there together". It's interesting to think about all of the things we do with our eyes and why our phones don't help us do more of this on camera.

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