Mark Zuckerberg has stated that Facebook will now become a privacy focused social network. This coming after it suffered data breaches, privacy scandals and controversial policy decision.
Mark Zuckerberg also stated that Facebook would be exploring areas like:
- Adding end-to-end encryption to all its messaging services so chats could not be seen by “hackers, criminals, over-reaching governments” or Facebook itself
- ”reducing the permanence” of content posted on Facebook, including disappearing photos, status updates and even private messages
- Merging elements of Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp so that messages could be sent and received between all three apps
When the Facebook privacy-focused idea gets installed, it will help:
- Rebuild trust in the platform and stop people from deleting their accounts
- Stop people deleting old posts, which leaves Facebook with less information to profile people with
- Encourage people to post more content such as disappearing stories. “People are more cautious of having a permanent record of what they’ve shared,” said Mr Zuckerberg
- Help Facebook keep pace with the public shift from posting everything online to sharing privately in group chats
“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.
“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.