Facebook only cares about privacy because it has to

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Zuckerberg also mentioned that the company "won't keep messages or stories around for longer than necessary to deliver the service or longer than people need them". "Today we already see that private messaging, ephemeral stories, and small groups are by far the fastest growing areas of online communication". And lastly, members should be able to use the new platforms without fear that their messages will be stored by Facebook in countries with poor privacy and human rights laws.

But setting out his vision for the future in a blog post, the Facebook founder has set out his "vision and principles around building a privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform". Facebook, Zuckerberg wrote, has been "obsessed" with creating an "intimate environment" for WhatsApp users.

What are the implications for users' data privacy? Although Facebook has a long history of lying about its privacy-abusing activities, I agree with Thompson that Zuckerberg is probably serious about improving the privacy of Facebook's messaging products. It will also open up its apps to more interoperability, so users can communicate across its networks.

Investors' faith in Facebook is a reflection of the company's sustained strength in online ads-it is second to Alphabet's (GOOG) Google-the popularity of the Instagram and WhatsApp properties, the expansion into AI and mixed reality, and a multibillion-dollar commitment to security and safety, say analysts.

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What's interesting is that he is also admitting that end-to-end encryption can also lead to misuse and there is a big responsibility from their side to prevent such cases as much as possible. "As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today's open platforms".

It also plans to let messages automatically disappear, a feature pioneered by its rival Snapchat that could limit the risks posed by a trail of social media posts that follow people throughout their lives. Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger have operated separately, and Zuckerberg did not say whether they will now share users' data with one another.

"We applaud Facebook for beginning to focus on the value of providing true consumer privacy and look forward to their extending this new privacy promise to include the marketing of customer data", Unisys Chief Trust Officer Tom Patterson said in an email to SiliconANGLE.

Zuckerberg plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook - the three social messaging apps will remain as stand-alone apps, but their technical configurations will be unified.

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Zuckerberg said it is becoming more important "to keep information around for shorter periods of time" because "people want to know that what they share won't come back to hurt them later".

Facebook's new goals coincide with what's best for business, says Noah Mallin, head of experience, content and sponsorships at Wavemaker, a WPP agency. People are more cautious about having a permanent record of what they've shared.

Like a reformed smoker or a born again evangelist, Zuckerberg has discovered the importance of privacy - hallelujah! - and all it took was a couple of years of scandal and the threat of predatory regulators circling like sharks in the ocean. "Read it carefully, and it's impossible to escape the conclusion that if privacy is to be protected in any meaningful way, Facebook must be broken up".

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