Mark Zuckerberg’s New Privacy Initiative Needs to Be Seen as the Regulatory Dodge It Is

In a recent blog post on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg laid out his vision for “building a privacy-focused messaging and social network platform.” Too bad it’s a bunch of BS. “I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services,” he wrote, “where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won’t stick around forever.” Zuckerberg acknowledged the company’s abysmal reputation for protecting users’ privacy, saying, “I understand that many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform.” He then set out to reassure the apparently gullible masses that Facebook has officially turned over a new leaf.

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