Mark Zuckerberg lays down plan for more privacy-focused messaging

Mar 10, 2019, 01:12
Mark Zuckerberg lays down plan for more privacy-focused messaging

"I believe we should be working towards a world where people can speak privately and live freely knowing that their information will only be seen by who they want to see it and won't all stick around forever".

As Zuckerberg suggested in his lengthy post: "There's an important difference between providing a service in a country and storing people's data there".

The Facebook CEO and co-founder posted a almost 3,300-word manifesto Wednesday, outlining a new vision for privacy on the world's biggest social platform.

Zuckerberg said he sees the future of communication shifting to private, encrypted services, and the company plans to build on WhatsApp's progress in this area to extend such features to its other services. Most notably, the company came under pressure when it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had used harvested personal data from millions of Facebook users for political purposes.

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

"We know that strong, end-to-end encryption is achievable, simply because other, admittedly smaller messaging apps and platforms, such as Signal and Telegram, have successful business models", Gartner analyst Adam Preset told Barron's in an email. 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. 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.

The social media company said earlier this week that it would not be providing information to the United Kingdom parliament regarding an underground far-right network, which paid for ads on its site related to Brexit. To facilitate this, he aims to use the technologies of WhatsApp as the foundation to build the Facebook ecosystem.

"People want to be able to choose which service they use to communicate with people". On Wednesday, Zuckerberg said that Facebook needs to protect both privacy and safety as it encrypted messaging services, although he noted to an "inherent trade-off" between security and safety, simply because Facebook won't be able to read encrypted conversations. "If like with WeChat in China this becomes a way that people do business and their private messaging morphs into commerce and other things, there are some moneymaking opportunities". Lawmakers around the world made a show of demanding answers from Facebook about the lapses and how the company will rectify the issues.

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One goal of the revamp is interoperability among WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct, as Facebook is planning to merge its family of messaging apps into a single product.

Reducing Permanence: People should be comfortable being themselves, and should not have to worry about what they share coming back to hurt them later. "I wanted to create an environment where people could share whatever information they wanted, but also have control over whom they shared that information with". Previously, after Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp adopted the "Stories" format pioneered by Snap. "And we could also provide an option for you to set individual messages to expire after a few seconds or minutes if you wanted".

Mark Zuckerberg wrote a long note on his Facebook Page titled "A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking".

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