Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Revamp Messaging Platforms - For A Privacy-Focused Future

You might not believe it at first, but Mark Zuckerberg is actually planning to build the future of Facebook around encrypted and ephemeral communication , which would assure people that their privacy becomes the top priority, by all means.

In a recent Notes post, it seems that Facebook has learnt its lesson after being in data breach controversies for the last couple of years. Today, private messaging, ephemeral stories, and small groups together have become the fastest growing ways of online communication and if Facebook successfully cashes out on all of these, the internet of tomorrow will be a lot more secure and privacy-focused.

Mark went on to explain that while public social networks will continue to have their own significance, simpler platforms now carry more potential to make people communicate online just the way they want to. But what exactly is he really planning on to do, especially considering the fact that Facebook itself has become a multi-billion-dollar business based on the idea of open sharing.

This new strategy is all about reversing the tactics as to achieve this goal, Facebook is going to make radical changes in messaging platforms.

To start things off, Zuckerberg has now promised to offer End-to-End encryption as a standard across the suite of their messaging apps. By doing that, he wants to compensate for company's worst reputation in privacy and believes that this would also promote more business opportunities in the safest ways.

Mark Zuckerberg outlines a 'privacy-focused' revamp of Facebook Platform
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With encrypted messaging tools, Facebook can finally convince businesses for payments, commerce and other private services, which was already in their target for a long time now. Moreover, the company also plans on to make Instagram Direct, WhatsApp, and Messenger inter-operable with SMS. (Similar to the Android version of Messenger which lets you send and receive SMS messages)

Further elaboration of the plans revealed that Facebook will not store sensitive data in countries with weak records on human rights like privacy and freedom of expression. They will strive forward to uphold the new principles even if that gets the company banned in countries. Zuckerberg wants to protect users from the interception of data by law enforcement agencies around the world. That being said, Facebook’s arrival in China might just become impossible for a long time after this.

There has been no official confirmation on the time frame for Facebook’s new vision as building the services would involve a lot of complicated trade off.
"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.", said Facebook's CEO in a blog post.
Apart from that, Facebook messages will also become more ephemeral. The social media giant has proposed to delete user’s messages on its own after a month or year, including metadata and they will also let you set individual messages to expire after “a few seconds or minutes.”

Although this sounds like a well constructed and thoughtful plan by Facebook but it will all come down to how they deliver it. Facebook has been pretty vocal about their privacy features in the past and yet the company has faced severe criticism on number of instances.

With all the things said in the 3,000+ words blog post, it can indeed work as a welcome shift to improve the situation.

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