Zuckerberg's 'privacy' shift is more about protecting Facebook

Encrypted messaging allows it to evade responsibility for toxic content

I was tempted to roll my eyes when Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg posted a manifesto on Wednesday outlining his plan to make social networking more "privacy-focused" and less about public disclosure of information.

Why take seriously someone who has repeatedly promised - but seldom delivered - improvements to Facebook's privacy practices? But I don't believe in cynicism: Things can get better if we want them to - through regulatory oversight and political pressure.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2019, with the headline 'Zuckerberg's 'privacy' shift is more about protecting Facebook'. Print Edition | Subscribe