F8 2019 developer conference Day 1: Everything Facebook announced

Facebook's biggest event of the year brought design changes, the launch of new VR headsets, and a new privacy mantra for the world's largest social network.

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The past three years haven't been easy for the world's largest social network. Facebook has been beset with scandals, largely self-inflicted and largely caused by years of negligent behavior.

On Tuesday, at its F8 2019 developer's conference, the company attempted to chart a path forward by focusing on privacy and trust.

"I know that we don't exactly have the strongest reputation on  privacy  right now, to put it lightly," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said with an awkward grin on his face.

But he promises that's going to change.

Watch this: Facebook's Zuckerberg preaches 'The future is private'

Here's all the Tuesday news from F8. You can watch Wednesday's livestream of the confab here.

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Originally published April 29, 5 a.m. PT.
Updates, 9:36 a.m.: Adds details; 12:15 p.m.: Includes more details.