In May, Facebook started offering a redesigned look, though everyone still had the option to switch back to the “classic” Facebook experience.
“We’ve updated how www.facebook.com looks. If you’re using the new Facebook.com, you can switch back to the classic Facebook temporarily. Starting in September, everyone will have the new design,” says Facebook’s help center.
The notice that popped up on my screen on Thursday said the “classic Facebook experience will no longer be available starting in September,” and gave me the option to provide feedback on why I’d want to switch back.
I actually switched to the new Facebook look as soon as it became available, as I ached to finally get the dark mode, but even though I’ve gotten used to it over time, it was not an easy transition (read my impressions here). Based on anecdotal feedback from my Facebook friends, many hated the new look so much that they immediately switched back, dark mode be damned. I expect to see a lot of angry comments in September.
Unfortunately, even if you hate the new design, there probably isn’t all that much you can do to keep the classic look. One thing you can do, though, is provide feedback on the redesign, by clicking the down arrow icon in the top right of Facebook, clicking Help & Support -> Report a Problem, and then reporting any issues or missing features in the new look.