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What’s Really Behind Facebook’s New Privacy and Encryption Effort?

March 08, 2019 / Wayne Rash

On its face, Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that Facebook plans to move to a more privacy-oriented service seems like welcome news, given how he and his company have run roughshod over his users’ privacy since its founding. But now he’s saying that he wants to make personal interactions more private and secure, and that he wants to move his messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, to a common platform so users of either can message anyone on the other. With that change, Zuckerberg says he wants to implement end-to-end encryption that’s so secure that not even Facebook will be able to see what’s in those messages. He labels this as a boost to privacy on Facebook. Zuckerberg also said he wants messages to be ephemeral, so that they disappear over time, with the idea that you can’t be held responsible for something you said 15 years ago that looks totally stupid now. By now you’ve seen plenty of examples of folks in the public ey...