Good Thursday morning. (Was this email forwarded to you? Sign up here .) Big questions over Facebook’s privacy pivot Facebook plans to start shifting people toward private messaging and away from the public broadcasting on which its business has been built, Mike Isaac of the NYT reports: • Mark Zuckerberg said yesterday that the company “would focus on private and encrypted communications, in which users message mostly smaller groups of people they know.” • “Unlike publicly shared posts that are kept as users’ permanent records, the communications could also be deleted after a certain period of time.” • “He said Facebook would achieve the shift partly by integrating Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger so that users worldwide could easily message one another across the networks.” • That, Mr. Zuckerberg said, would make Facebook a “living room,” rather than a “town square.” Facebook’s declining public perception, fueled by fake news and data privacy scandals, is driving the shift. “Frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. To grow, and roll out new technologies like its reported cryptocurrency, the company needs to regain trust. But plenty of questions remain: • What’s the business model? Most… Read full this story
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