A biggest social-media platform Facebook, which is known as sharing life updates, pictures and more, says it’s now trying to reinvent itself as a place for private communication. Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg on wednesday announced a sweeping reorientation towards privacy. Facebook will spends upcoming years on focusing Facebook’s distinct time or is encryoted. SO that outside would’t be able to read it.
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“As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Privacy gives people the freedom to be themselves and connect more naturally, which is why we build social networks.”
“Why does it always sound like we are witnessing a digital version of ‘Ground Hog Day’ when Facebook yet again promises – when it’s in a crisis – that it will do better?” said Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a nonprofit privacy advocacy group in Washington. “Will it actually bring a change to how Facebook continually gathers data on its users in order to drive big profits?”
Jennifer Grygiel, assistant professor of communications at Syracuse University, said Facebook’s changes would severely curtail its ability to moderate content.
“What’s not clear is how they are going to make this transition safely,” she said. “We have already seen the risks associated with WhatsApp and private encryption in India, for example, where misinformation has led to mobs and the loss of life.”