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Zuckerberg promises to focus Facebook on user privacy, for a change

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Facebook despite being heavily cricised for acting like predators of user data and a platform for the spread of fake news, the head of the social media giant Mark Zuckerberg has expressed plans to integrate Facebook messaging platforms to make Facebook focused on privacy.

British news portal The Guardian reports that on Wednesday, March 6, the CEO of Facebook, which also owns Instagram, admitted the firm’s tarnished reputation, when he suggested a new way forward.

«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 currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services, and we’ve historically focused on tools for more open sharing. But we’ve repeatedly shown that we can evolve to build the services that people really want, including in private messaging and stories,» Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post.

Zuckerberg’s announcement relates not to Facebook’s core feature – the news feed – but but to a previously disclosed plan to integrate the messaging services of its three apps: WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram.

This new messaging service will be developed with privacy in mind, Zuckerberg said, with a focus on features such as end-to-end encryption and ephemerality, ie automatically deleting messages after a certain period of time.

The Guardian wrote that critics of the company greeted Zuckerberg’s suggestion that the product update is about privacy with instant skepticism. Facebook’s reputation has been shredded by years of scandal over issues ranging from data misuse and data breaches to the hijacking of democratic elections and fueling of hate and violence.

«I strongly support consumer privacy when communicating online but this move is entirely a strategic play to use privacy as a competitive advantage & further lock-in Facebook as the dominant messaging platform. While positioned as a privacy-friendly play, its timing suggests a competition play to head off any potential regulatory efforts to limit data sharing across services,» tweeted Ashkan Soltani, a former chief technologist for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.


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