From time to time, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posts to his personal page to lay out his vision for the platform. He published another such screed this week, proposing a big-picture plan to roll together Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram into one simple, “privacy first” platform.
In his post, Zuckerberg admitted up front that Facebook has a checkered history when it comes to protecting users.
“I understand that many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform — because frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services,” he wrote. “But we’ve repeatedly shown that we can evolve to build the services that people really want, including in private messaging and stories.”
Some of Zuckerberg’s proposed changes to the platform involve taking greater advantage of private messaging, encrypted messaging, and the kind of disappearing content made popular by Snapchat.
With Facebook losing users and finding itself at the center of countless controversies, it makes sense for the company to turn its full attention to its privacy problems. And while this kind of change will take years to implement, but at least Facebook is signaling that it wants to move in the right direction.
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