Facebook has a well-earned reputation for failing to protect user privacy. However, according to CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s “top priority” is implementing an FTC-mandated privacy program to protect user data.
Zuckerberg told Fox News in an interview that more than 1,000 employees will work on the program, originally ordered in 2012 after one of Facebook’s privacy scandals — a scandal unrelated to the $5 billion fine Facebook had to pay the FTC earlier this year.
“We’re doing the same internal controls and audits around people’s personal data as we do as a public company around financial data and the information that we have,” Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg also acknowledged the many problems Facebook has had protecting its users’ data, and that it’s dedicated to winning back their trust.
“I understand that people have a lot of concerns about this, and in the past we’ve made mistakes and we need to make sure that we can earn people’s trust,” Zuckerberg continued. “We can do that by operating at a level of rigor and having a privacy program that sets a whole new standard for the industry over time.”
While statements like this are all well and good, Facebook has made many promises like it in the past without taking action. Hopefully the substantial pressure Facebook is facing from the public and government alike forces it to follow through this time.
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