Facebook groups are being redesigned to look like Discord
Facebook groups are about to undergo some big changes, and if you’ve used Discord, the new approach should sound very familiar. Meta is testing a new left-aligned sidebar and a new channel list for groups, and the changes are giving me some serious Discord vibes. Meta even evokes Discord with a purple accent color.
At the center of the changes is a new sidebar that lists your groups with rounded square icons. As with Discord and Slack, you will be able to pin groups so they appear first on the list. Individual groups will have a new menu that looks straight out of Discord. The menu organizes items such as channels, Messenger conversations, and events one after the other.
Channels in groups can be text chats, audio rooms, or stream rooms where people can post and comment in a similar way to what you’re used to seeing on your own stream. Text chat looks like a Messenger thread, while Audio Rooms are very similar to Audio Rooms in Discord.
You can take a look at all three of these channels in this Meta screenshot gallery, which just so happens to feature a hypothetical group dedicated to video games. I wonder why that might be.
The test comes as Meta begins its shift to make Facebook look more like TikTok. The goal of this change is to make your feed recommend more content from accounts you don’t follow, so it makes sense that Meta is using this change as an opportunity to rethink how Facebook groups work. But we’ll have to wait and see if mixing TikTok and Discord in Facebook makes sense in practice – I personally think it could be confusing.
The changes will be made public in the coming months, Meta spokeswoman Kate Cichy said. The edge.