Zuckerberg will focus on encryption, privacy
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.