Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook is refocusing itself around privacy. People on the internet say they're not so sure.

  • On Wednesday, FacebookCEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he wants the social network to refocus itself on secure, private conversations.
  • The announcement is a major change in direction for a company that’s prided itsself on making the world “more open and connected.”
  • And given Facebook’s history of privacy blunders, and the scale of this proposed change, people online had plenty to say – most of it sceptical.

On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg published a long Facebook post explaining his intentions to make the social network more “privacy-focused.”

To do so, Zuckerberg said Facebook would begin by making messages encrypted by default, and automatically deleting them after a period of time. No definite timeline was provided, as the chief exec said these changes would come “over the next few years.”

The announcement is a major change in direction for a company that’s mission statement as recently as 2017 was to “make the world more open and connected.” And given Facebook’s history of security and privacy blunders – including, but not limited to, the Cambridge Analytica scandal – many people expressed their scepticism.

Here are some of the top reactions to Facebook’s proposed new focus on privacy:

There was some praise for Zuckerberg’s statement on Tuesday.

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But given the company’s history of security issues, Zuckerberg’s comments were met with plenty of scepticism.

Some pointed to the difficulties that encryption introduces.

Others wondered how a more private social network would be feasible from a business perspective, given Facebook’s revenues depend almost entirely on ads displayed in the News Feed.

Many were left to question the timing of it all.

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