FACEBOOK announced today that Facebook Lite, a lightweight version of Facebook, doubled its number of users in less than a year and now serves more than 200 million monthly active users around the world.
The app now supports 55 languages and is popular in many countries including Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the Philippines.
Facebook Lite was developed to provide the optimum Facebook experience for users in areas with slow internet connections, or with low end devices or limited internet packages. The software uses less data, installs fast, loads quickly and works on all types of Androids, supporting all networks including 2G.
Today it is being launched in four additional countries: Israel, Italy, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, and we hope to roll out in more countries soon.
During the past year the Facebook Lite team has improved many things, including the performance for a faster and more reliable experience; the look and feel to make sure people have an simple and good experience; and the onboarding process so people can easily log on and off their account when sharing devices.
Meanwhile, Facebook is introducing a new Privacy Basics to make it easier for people to find tools for controlling their information on Facebook.
Privacy Basics shares tips for for things like securing your account, understanding who can see posts, and knowing what your profile looks like to others. It is part of Facebook’s overall effort to make sure people have all the information they need to share what they want with only the people they want to see it.
Privacy Basics features improved functionality and top topics based on people’s most frequently asked questions about privacy and security. Built using feedback from the Facebook community, there are 32 interactive guides available in 44 languages.
In addition to connecting with friends and family online and offline, we encourage you to take the time to get to know yourself:
Take the Privacy Checkup. You’ll walk through a few quick steps to make sure only the people you want to see your stuff can see it. You can review who you’re posting to, which apps you’re using, and the privacy of key pieces of information on your profile.
Choose who sees what you post. On Facebook, you can use the audience selector to choose who will see each of your posts — just your friends, everyone, or specific people you select.
Increase your account security by turning on login approvals. You’ll get a unique security code each time you access your Facebook account from a new device.
Manage your ad preferences: Want to know why you’re seeing a particular ad, or see more that are relevant to your preferences? Ad preferences lets you control the ads you see so they are more useful to you. You can also hide a particular ad.
Check yourself: Ever wondered what your Facebook profile looks like to other people? You can use View As to preview what the public or a specific person, like a friend or a coworker, would see if they visited your profile.