Zuck Wants to Turn Facebook Into a 'Privacy-Focused' Platform

Zuck Wants to Turn Facebook Into a 'Privacy-Focused' Platform

"He added that Facebook would commit to not storing user data in countries that have a track record of violating human rights like privacy or freedom of expression", saying the company was prepared to accept the "tradeoff" that this might bar Facebook from operating in certain countries. "It still has a long way to go to undo the level of user and regulatory mistrust it has built up with its sins against privacy in the past year, and worse, the attempts of its leadership, from Zuckerberg on down, to cover them up".

The move also comes amidst efforts to more tightly regulate social platforms such as Facebook and the way they handle data. He also said Facebook is fine with being banned in countries with weak data protection - hinting that it may finally stop trying to bring the social network to China, a notion confirmed by a Facebook senior official who spoke to BuzzFeed News.

Facebook plans to make it possible for users to send messages to their contacts using any of its services and SMS.

There are real safety concerns to address before we can implement end-to-end encryption across all of our messaging services ...

Zuckerberg is essentially previewing his end-goals for Facebook and his company's other messaging platforms, like Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, as well as social networking in general.

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"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 said in his opening paragraph. In it he pledges to make over Facebook as a privacy-focused communications platform, arguing that the reason for this is due to consumer demand. Encryption is decentralizing - it limits services like ours from seeing the content flowing through them and makes it much harder for anyone else to access your information. So we won't keep messages or stories around for longer than necessary to deliver the service or longer than people want them.

Reports of Facebook's plans to integrate its messaging platforms surfaced in January, but the newly revealed details confirm the plan and suggest that the company could be redefining how people use the platform to interact and communicate by focusing more on private interactions versus broadcasting messages out to a wide group.

Zuckerberg also hinted private, encrypted messaging could create room for new tools, like around payments and commerce. In essence, Facebook wants to have its cake and continue eating it (and your personal data) too. "But Facebook has built one of the largest digital advertising companies in the world, and it's not going to be easy to match that with any other business model".

Hoping to damp down the inferno of privacy controversies and the clear misuse of customer data that extends back more than a decade, the Zuck might have grabbed a bucket of gasoline rather than water this week.

Even in India, Facebook and its social media platforms WhatsApp and Instagram appeared before a parliamentary committee recently to assure the Centre that they were complying with the local privacy laws. "Change will take place 'over the next few years" after which time he "expects" things to have changed in a world that he believes we should all be "working towards". "We want to give people a choice so they can reach their friends across these networks from whichever app they prefer". In fact, Facebook and Instagram might become even more important.

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