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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday listed out his plans for Facebook in future to be more Privacy Focused, said in a long post titled “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking”
He said that Facebook is currently building on privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform.
“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. Privacy gives people the freedom to be themselves and connect more naturally, which is why we build social networks,” he said.
“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, 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.,” he added.
Zuckerberg believes that future of communication will certainly shift to private encrypted services.
He writes, “I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won't stick around forever. This is the future I hope we will help bring about.”
In recent years Facebook has repeatedly faced criticism on privacy issues and data collection
In his post outlined six principles around which he said he intends to develop Facebook. These principles include -- Private interactions, Encryption, Reducing Permanence, Safety, Interoperability and Secure data storage.
He said "Over the next few years, we plan to rebuild more of our services around these ideas.”
Facebook CEO said they will extend end-to-end encryption to all platforms, “On balance, I believe working towards implementing end-to-end encryption for all private communications is the right thing to do..We've started working on these safety systems building on the work we've done in WhatsApp, and we'll discuss them with experts through 2019 and beyond before fully implementing end-to-end encryption.”
On Interoperability, he said the company is planning to introduce this feature where people can reach out across the platforms.
“People want to be able to choose which service they use to communicate with people. However, today if you want to message people on Facebook you have to use Messenger, on Instagram you have to use Direct, and on WhatsApp you have to use WhatsApp. We want to give people a choice so they can reach their friends across these networks from whichever app they prefer.” he explained.
Lastly Zuckerberg said, “I believe we should be working towards a world where people can speak privately and live freely knowing that their information will only be seen by who they want to see it and won't all stick around forever. If we can help move the world in this direction, I will be proud of the difference we've made.”
By Sai Kumar