March 24, 2019

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

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The company is also exploring ways that it can charge businesses to contact people on its messaging apps.

Mark Zuckerberg is demonstrating a "breathtakingly cavalier attitude to child safety" after announcing that Facebook will be making a seismic shift in its business strategy, according to the NSPCC. Or perhaps Facebook is banned in China and taking a principled stand then makes it relatively easier.

Some consumers reacted with skepticism. The SDK integrates with apps to provide features like analytics or letting users log in with Facebook.

But there are plenty of obstacles. Zuckerberg submitted to two days of grilling on Capitol Hill last April.

That's not to say Facebook isn't moving towards a limited kind of privacy. Security is an "admirable goal", said Forrester Research analyst Fatemeh Khatibloo.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook Inc's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S. May 1, 2018. Advocacy group Avaaz is calling attention to hundreds of millions of fake accounts still spreading disinformation on Facebook, and calling for the social media giant to submit to an independent audit. This includes its anonymous login tools and "clear history" button to clear information advertisers on Facebook have about you. It also would limit the company's ability to generate revenue through targeted ads.

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"Frankly, we don't have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services", he admitted on Wednesday.

"All indications are that Facebook and Instagram will continue growing and be increasingly important", Zuckerberg said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press.

If everything falls into place, Facebook will also display similar advertising on the privacy-protected messaging services. Facebook also didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. People share so much on Facebook that the company can build a detailed picture of their age, location, political views, likes, interests and more.

That's great and all, but why is Facebook suddenly interested in taking this approach?

Facebook says it plans to move to encrypted, auto-deleting messages on its services by default as part of a broader strategic shift - even if the changes mean some countries decide to ban its service.

One of the areas Zuckerberg says Facebook will start focusing more on going forward, along with encrypted conversations, is small groups.

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"I see that as the goal of this entire thing", said Blake Reid, a University of Colorado law professor who specializes in technology and policy.

The 3,200-word post comes amid heightened criticism of Facebook's data-collection practices, which are being probed by several governments around the world.

Alex Stamos, a former Facebook chief security officer who is now on the Stanford University faculty, said the effort adroitly addresses some of the challenges for the social network.

FOLLOW on Twitter for all the latest app news. A report from University of Oxford researchers previous year found evidence of widespread disinformation campaigns on chat applications like WhatsApp. And that wasn't the only case connecting WhatsApp to violence in Southeast Asia. That could help Facebook compete with messaging services from Apple, Google and others.

The most interesting of these from a product standpoint is interoperability, in which Facebook outlines further cross-service communications for its various products, like sending an SMS over Facebook Messenger reaching your buddy via encryption over WhatsApp, etc. "People are more cautious of having a permanent record of what they've shared". "Figuring out the balance is a really important one".

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