Zucker­berg will fo­cus on en­cryp­tion, pri­vacy

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS - – Wash­ing­ton Post

SAN FRAN­CISCO – Face­book CEO Mark Zucker­berg an­nounced sweep­ing changes to Face­book’s ser­vices Wed­nes­day, say­ing in a blog post that he would spend the next sev­eral years re­ori­ent­ing the com­pany’s apps to­ward en­cryp­tion and pri­vacy.

The moves – out­lined in broad strokes rather than as a set of spe­cific prod­uct changes – would shift the com­pany’s fo­cus from a so­cial net­work where peo­ple broad­cast in­for­ma­tion to large groups of peo­ple, to one where peo­ple com­mu­ni­cate with smaller groups and their con­tent dis­ap­pears af­ter a short pe­riod of time, Zucker­berg said.

Face­book’s core so­cial net­work is struc­tured around pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion, but it also owns pri­vate mes­sag­ing ser­vices What­sApp and Mes­sen­ger, which are closed net­works.

The an­nounce­ment, in the midst of a cri­sis over the loss of pub­lic trust, comes with ma­jor risks and is also likely to be treated skep­ti­cally. Zucker­berg has promised to pro­tect pri­vacy be­fore, but the com­pany has landed it­self in con­tro­versy af­ter con­tro­versy.

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