March 7, 2019
Who said there are no good Jews?
Okay. It’s true. There are no innately good Jews. But they can become good. That’s what Mark Zuckerberg is doing.
He’s becoming a champion of privacy after becoming a multi-billionaire by spying on people and selling their information.
Embroiled in too many data scandals to count, Facebook now says it’s shifting toward a ‘privacy-focused’ future.
In lengthy blog post on Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailed a plan to bring end-to-end encryption to Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram messaging services – confirming previous reports that the firm planned to stitch the three together.
The Facebook boss acknowledged the site’s reputation, which has been tarnished in recent years as a result of its lax-approach to the protection of its users’ information, and promised to rebuild its services on the principle of privacy.
Zuckerberg also said he’s working to ensure your online activity won’t come back to haunt you later in life.
Ultimately, the CEO says the firm is striving to make interactions across Facebook ‘a fundamentally more private experience.’
‘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,’ Zuckerberg wrote in the March 6 post.
‘This is the future I hope we will help bring about.’
The Facebook CEO’s post detailing his ‘privacy-focused vision’ comes just days after a tweet from Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge revealed the site allows users to search for specific profiles using phone numbers provided for two-factor authentication.
And, just a week prior, a Wall Street Journal investigation revealed Facebook has been collecting ‘highly sensitive information’ from at least a dozen apps without users’ consent.
In perhaps its best-known privacy scandal, Facebook came under fire in 2018 when it was revealed political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica was given access to the data of 87 million users.
Zuckerberg is now promising to apply the same privacy principles it used in WhatsApp to all of its services moving forward.
In a multi-year plan, Zuckerberg says Facebook will merge its messaging services – WhatsApp, Instagram Direct, and Facebook Messenger – in a way that allows users to communicate across all three apps.
All will be equipped with end-to-end encryption to keep out anyone who isn’t the intended reader, including ‘hackers, criminals, over-reaching governments, or even the people operating the services they’re using,’ Zuckerberg said.
While WhatsApp already has end-to-end encryption, Facebook’s other messaging platforms do not.
Facebook and Instagram will still operate like ‘the digital equivalent of a town square,’ allowing users to openly share content as they choose, the CEO said.
This is a good time to remember that Mark Zuckerberg called users “dumb fucks” for trusting him and giving him their information.
Keeping that in mind, notice that he’s not really talking about making Facebook itself more privacy-oriented, but the messaging parts, which were supposed to be private from the start. Presumably, this is due to him wanting to merge the messaging platforms of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook into one centralized code base, which is just going to affect the inner workings of the things and not change much for the users, aside from adding end-to-end encryption to Instagram and Facebook.
Facebook itself can never become privacy-focused because their entire business model is gathering data about you even when you’re outside of Facebook and even if you don’t have a Facebook account. If they don’t have useful information about you that they can sell, they don’t have a business model.
They can’t just show people random ads, and advertising is not the only way they make money with your data.
Always assume everything you put on Facebook is going to be shared with third parties for the profit of third parties.
Facebook is not private, and it will never be private. As for their messaging services… don’t trust them either, lest you become one of those “dumb fucks” Mark Zuckerberg talked about.
I’m not saying “don’t use WhatsApp” though. People in society use WhatsApp and you should be a part of society, but don’t trust WhatsApp for anything other than normal conversations with normal people.
If you need a mobile messaging system for sensible conversations, you could try something like Signal.