Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has addressed privacy concerns surrounding the company's use of data by announcing in a new blog post that it will increasingly shift away from public posts and instead move toward encrypted, ephemeral communications on its messaging apps.
"I understand that many people don't think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform", said Mr Zuckerberg. In a post he wrote for the company, Zuckerberg said that privacy-focused communications platforms will be more important to consumers that current open platforms like Facebook.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's new "privacy-focused vision" for the social media platform is just a ploy to make it almost impossible to avoid interacting with Facebook in one way or another in the free world, according to "Cyber Guy" Kurt Knutsson, who dismissed Facebook's newfound concern for privacy as disingenuous. By connecting WhatsApp and Messenger, Facebook will be more efficient.
As Mark Zuckerberg himself notes: "Frankly we don't now have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services".
And if you talk about Android apps, then, since a long time ago, Facebook has been receiving and collecting users data like phone call logs, messages, personal information, and real-time location data, for the reason of providing information to its advertisement targeting and improving features such as friend suggestions.
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has said the social media giant will be encrypting more of its messaging services, calling it "the right thing to do". He said the social platform would spend the coming years assuring that its WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook content is encrypted so that outsiders, and even Facebook, can not read it.
Keep in mind Facebook wants to show it takes privacy seriously, and Zuckerberg's post will likely be seen as a major step in that direction.
Facebook has tried in vain for years to bring its website to China - but it doesn't mean that the company is entirely absent from the country. But an "intimate" feeling "environment" isn't really going to cut it. Facebook has already been fined $122 million by the European Union for misleading antitrust regulators when it said its WhatsApp acquisition would not mean user information from the two platforms would be combined (which, of course, it was).
"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. "And we could also provide an option for you to set individual messages to expire after a few seconds or minutes if you wanted".
"Upholding this principle may mean that our services will get blocked in some countries, or that we won't be able to enter others anytime soon", he said. "Zuckerberg has made his money by performing a sort of arbitrage between how much privacy Facebook's 2 billion users think they are giving up and how much he has been able to sell to advertisers", he continued.
The UK-based consultancy was accused of misusing the data of millions of US Facebook members.
While Zuckerberg is, once again, talking the talk, he will have an uphill battle to convince social networking users of Facebook's pivot to privacy.
"Yelp runs ad campaigns for its apps on Facebook", a Yelp spokesperson said in an email.
Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that "significant thought" still needs to go into integrating commerce into messaging.