Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of the social media giant whose name has become practically synonymous with privacy scandals, yes that Mark Zuckerberg, coolly declared that Facebook was an “innovator in privacy.”
Zuckerberg’s statement came during a discussion with a Harvard law professor by the name of Jonathan Zittrain, part of series of discussions for Harvard’s Techtopia initiative, a program for students across the University to explore problems in technology and governance.
During the interview, Zuckerberg stressed that Facebook had been developing cutting-edge private communication tools since its early days at Harvard, something that the company continues to do to this day.
To be fair to him…
Zuckerberg did acknowledge that his statement would stir controversy, saying that “thinking about Facebook as an innovator in privacy is certainly not the mainstream view. But going back to the very first thing that we did, making it so Harvard students could communicate in a way that they had some confidence that their content and information would be shared with only people within that community, there was no way that people had to communicate stuff at that scale but not have it either be just completely public or just as small as it had been before.”
“All of the success that Facebook has had, this is kind of a counterintuitive thing, has been because we’ve given people new private or semi-private ways to communicate things that they wouldn’t have had before,” he added.
Zuckerberg explained that private messaging using social networking platforms and ephemeral content – thing Facebook Stories and Snaps on Snapchat – are getting more popular. He shared that about 100 billion private messages are shared across Facebook’s platforms every day, this figure accounts for WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram.
Naturally, Zuckerberg mentioned WhatsApp’s leading encryption technology, something that users typically to take for granted. Last month, Facebook announced that it was planning to integrate all three of its messaging platforms and offer end-to-end encryption across all of them.