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Facebook is an “innovator in privacy”, says Guy Who Drives Facebook

Photo: Francois Mori (AP) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is fond of suggesting that any criticism of his global social media empire comes from either the misinformed or the evil. In fact, Facebook is really about protecting users' privacy! It's the line he took in a Wednesday interview with Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain, CNBC reported. In the interview, Zuckerberg acknowledges that Facebook's "innovator in privacy" status is "certainly not the general perception", which can be characterized as surely an understatement. He argued that Facebook, which has a business model based on vacuuming up as much data about its users as possible, is really making progress in providing the public secure communications technology: "Think of Facebook as an innovator in privacy is certainly not general perception, "said Zuckerberg during the taped conversation, which was released publicly on Wednesday. "But we go back to the very first thing we did and made it so that Harvard students were able to communicate in a way that they had some confidence that their content and information would be shared with just people in that community, there was no way that people had to communicate things on that scale, but neither that it is wholly or partly public or as small as it had been before. " This is beyond the laugh: one of Facebook's biggest controversy over the past year, Cambridge The Analytica scandal just happened because social media giants let app developers reap large amounts of data on millions of users without their…

Photo: Francois Mori (AP)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is fond of suggesting that any criticism of his global social media empire comes from either the misinformed or the evil. In fact, Facebook is really about protecting users’ privacy! It’s the line he took in a Wednesday interview with Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain, CNBC reported.

In the interview, Zuckerberg acknowledges that Facebook’s “innovator in privacy” status is “certainly not the general perception”, which can be characterized as surely an understatement. He argued that Facebook, which has a business model based on vacuuming up as much data about its users as possible, is really making progress in providing the public secure communications technology:

“Think of Facebook as an innovator in privacy is certainly not general perception, “said Zuckerberg during the taped conversation, which was released publicly on Wednesday. “But we go back to the very first thing we did and made it so that Harvard students were able to communicate in a way that they had some confidence that their content and information would be shared with just people in that community, there was no way that people had to communicate things on that scale, but neither that it is wholly or partly public or as small as it had been before. “

This is beyond the laugh: one of Facebook’s biggest controversy over the past year, Cambridge The Analytica scandal just happened because social media giants let app developers reap large amounts of data on millions of users without their knowledge or consent. The co-founder of secure chat service and the Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp, Jan Koum, left the company last year in connection with Zuckerberg and the crew planned to lower their end-to-end encryption to my more user data.

Zuckerberg continued: 19659004] “When we talk about integrity, I think many issues are often about privacy policy and legal or political types of things,” says Zuckerberg. “But I actually think there is another element in this that really is basic, that is, people want tools that give them new context to communicate and it is also about giving people power through privacy, not just not violating privacy. “

Reminder that Facebook builds secret databases of users’ contact information, including things that users never willingly handed in. It also tracks the web activity of people who have logged out their accounts and even non-users.

It distributed an app, Onavo, that it advertised as a virtual private network, a type of service that obviously protects users’ web site traffic from external review. Onavo instead monitored devices for s send usage information directly to Facebook. It also paid teens to install an Onavo-like app on their phones so they could track their behavior with almost unlimited permissions.

“All the success that Facebook has had, this is a kind of contradictory thing, has been that we have given people new private or semi-private ways of communicating things they would not have had before,” he says.

Claiming an insight is “contra-intuitive” is a time-consuming method that suggests that it is actually much smarter and thus more true than another conclusion, but it does not true. Facebook is successful because it sells massive online ads, a massive lucrative and growing Facebook’s share of the US digital advertising market is expected to rise to 22.1 percent by 2019, according to AdWeek, part of a functional duopoly that it shares with Google, and is also accused of monopolistic behavior and start-up rivals to launch their own growth.

If Facebook’s success is based on integrity, it is curious that most users do not have any idea According to Pew Research Center surveys, the targeted advertising business works, and just over half reported “not so good or not at all comfortable” about the insight about their behavior and interests that the platform had gathered.

In any case, it is clear that Facebook and its executives are spooked by in-depth user trust surveys – and they all use their best rhetorical Möbius loops and repetitive buzzwords to move the genius back into the bottle. It will not change anything, but at least the innovative new ways to justify themselves are constantly.

[Facebook via CNBC]
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