Interoperability of Facebook Apps Could Work Only on Android, Says Zuckerberg

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has outlined new principles for the social network, stressing a focus on privacy following the scandals plaguing the company in the past year over unauthorised sharing of personal data of Facebook users.

Zuckerberg, in a way, acknowledged that Facebook has a problem with mishandling user data by saying "F$3 rankly we don't now have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services, and we've historically focused on tools for more open sharing".

Zuckerberg then laid out the key areas Facebook would need to focus on for a more privacy-based platform: Private interactions, encryption, reducing permanence, safety, interoperability, and secure data storage. As private messaging becomes more important, Facebook and Zuckerberg want to ensure that both Messenger and WhatsApp will remain the main ways of private communication. "We don't now have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services", Zuckerberg wrote today in what may be the single greatest understatement of his lifetime.

He said the company would aim to reassure users that "that their information will only be seen by who they want to see it and won't all stick around forever".

Zuck's latest statement brings me back to the first ever Big Facebook Apology in September of 2006, when the introduction of News Feed (and the lack of any privacy or security controls for users to regulate it) had Facebook's pilgrim userbase ruing the day they ever left MySpace.

Others question how Facebook will make money once it shifts away from widespread data collection and public posting - the foundation of its advertising empire.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that the company will rebuild many of its services around encryption and privacy.

In the post, Zuckerberg said Facebook's move to encrypted messaging could be safer for government dissidents and others with controversial views. "But Facebook has built one of the largest digital advertising companies in the world, and it's not going to be easy to match that with any other business model".

Even in India, Facebook and its social media platforms WhatsApp and Instagram appeared before a parliamentary committee recently to assure the Centre that they were complying with the local privacy laws. "People want to be able to choose which service they use to communicate with people", announced Zuckerberg. Additionally, the group reached out to each app. Privacy International said Duolingo promised it would remove the Facebook Software Developer Kit "app events" feature from its Android and iOS app in the next update. He said Facebook could tell antitrust authorities that WhatsApp, Instagram Direct and Facebook Messenger are tied so tightly together that it couldn't unwind them. Even with messaging metadata, the CEO merely conceded that it "makes sense to limit the amount of time" Facebook stores such metadata.

Regarding where user data is stored, Zuckerberg says the company will not build data centers in countries with "a track record of violating human rights like privacy or freedom of expression", as doing so could open the door for those governments to access people's information.

Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that Facebook planned to integrate its messaging platforms, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Zuckerberg also hinted private, encrypted messaging could create room for new tools, like around payments and commerce.

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