Facebook Wants To Make Social Networks More Private

Zuckerberg Announces Big Changes To Facebook. Here’s What People Should Expect

Facebook Wants To Make Social Networks More Private

In a 3,200 word blog post yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new, "privacy-focused vision" for the company he founded more than 15 years ago.

In December, Privacy International and German mobile security company Mobilsicher both published reports that many popular apps were automatically sharing user data with Facebook, even if those users don't have Facebook accounts or were logged out of the Facebook platform. Presumably this is all after it's finished doing everything it can to fight privacy laws. Zuckerberg acknowledged that the move may even get Facebook's services banned in some parts of the world.

Facebook plans to enact his vision the the way it developed WhatsApp, with a focus on private messaging, making it as secure as possible, and then adding more ways for people to interact, including calls, video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and other types of private services. So we won't keep messages or stories around for longer than necessary to deliver the service or longer than people want it.

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.

It's okay to laugh, it's hard not to.

Zuckerberg Announces Big Changes To Facebook. Here’s What People Should Expect

"Their current business model doesn't work in a private environment", Ina Fried, Axios' chief technology correspondent, told Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal. Many countries across the globe are questioning Facebook's operations. Meanwhile, Facebook and the Instagram photo app would still operate more like a town square where people can openly share whatever they want.

Mark Zuckerberg "is trying to find an impossible balance between pushing for more users and more time spent in-app to fuel more advertising dollars, while also trying to build a 'privacy-first experience, ' all under a cloud of potential anti-competition breakups", said Liu. 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. While Facebook has already tried to show ads in the Messenger app, it's seen only limited success, and hasn't even tested the concept in WhatsApp since it acquired that service for $22 billion in 2014. By tapping into private communication, Facebook would be able to restore the trust of the public, which was damaged after the social network's mishaps. "Looking at the future of the internet and privacy, I believe one of the most important decisions we'll make is where we'll build data centres and store people's sensitive data".

"I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won't stick around forever", Zuckerberg said on his Facebook post.

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.

Others question how Facebook will make money once it shifts away from widespread data collection and public posting - the foundation of its advertising empire.

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