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Zuckerberg has seen the light; Facebook to make drastic changes

09 Марта 2019

Presumably this is all after it's finished doing everything it can to fight privacy laws.

In short, he's offering privacy on Facebook, but not necessarily privacy from Facebook.

"I understand that many people don't think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform - because frankly we don't now have a strong reputation for building privacy-protective services", he said.

But Zuckerberg wrote that "we've repeatedly shown that we can evolve to build the services that people really want".

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the CEO and founder detailed his overarching vision for how to make the service more secure, including encrypting messages.

Adding end-to-end encryption to all private messages would mean Facebook could not be compelled by governments to hand over its users' personal messages, because it does not have a copy.

Zuckerberg claimed that over "the next few years", Facebook intends "to rebuild more of our services around these ideas", however, not everyone was convinced.

It's okay to laugh, it's hard not to. It has also fueled debate over whether Facebook, which owns two social networks and two messaging platforms, each with more than 1 billion users, deserves greater antitrust scrutiny.

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The blog post titled "A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking" begin with Zuckerberg saying he has been focused on "understanding and addressing the biggest challenges facing Facebook".

Zuckerberg also mentioned that the company "won't keep messages or stories around for longer than necessary to deliver the service or longer than people need them".

More people want to interact privately or in more intimate groups online, instead of in "the digital equivalent of a town square" provided by Facebook and Instagram, Zuckerberg said Wednesday in a blog post. The company has earned itself little respect by constantly riding roughshod over user privacy, and it's not clear if its reputation can be salvaged from the numerous scandals that have emerged over the years. For example, a Messenger user would be able to send an encrypted message to a WhatsApp user.

These "tradeoffs" include the possibility of Facebook getting banned in countries like Russian Federation and Vietnam whose law enforcement agencies do not allow encryption, and also demand that data be stored in local servers within the country. Public social networks will continue to be very important in people's lives.

"As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today's open platforms", Zuckerberg wrote.

Days after Apple CEO Time took a indirect jibe at Facebook, it's now the turn of Mark Zuckerberg to respond in kind. We know how valuable such information is, because documents released by the United Kingdom parliament show how Facebook used its Onavo virtual private network (VPN) app to gather usage data on competitors. And Russian regulators have long threatened to block Facebook if it won't adhere to the country's data localization law-an issue that is increasingly annoying them. "That's a trade-off we're willing to make".

It's a serious enough problem that Facebook's gone as far as to limit users' ability to forward messages to multiple chats at once, in hopes that it will reduce the amount of misinformation being shared.

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