Facebook rebrands to make its ‘monopoly’ more obvious across apps

Facebook has a new look designed to differentiate Facebook-the-company from Facebook-the-network while simultaneously making its ownership of other apps more obvious. On Monday, November 4, Facebook unveiled a new logo that will be used on the company’s lists of different apps. The update follows an investigation into Facebook-the-company’s acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp as a potential monopoly.

The new Facebook-the-company logo uses a simple, sans serif, all-caps font. When space is limited, the logo simply becomes FB. Rather than that iconic blue, the new logo is a chameleon — adapting the pink, yellow, and purple gradient from the Instagram icon in that app and a solid green inside WhatsApp. The all-caps look is designed to distinguish the logo of Facebook-the-company from the familiar lower case logo of Facebook-the-network. The familiar logo will remain in use on the network, but will no longer represent the company as a whole.

In some cases, that new logo will be animated, which the company says is designed to represent the creation “of space for people and their stories.”

“This is the next step in our effort to be clearer about the products and services from Facebook,” the company shared in a blog post. “The new company branding is designed to help us better represent the diversity of products we build, establish distinction from the Facebook app, and communicate our purpose in the world.”

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I would be more interested in how personal data is aggregated across different apps and how clear this is made.

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