Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, has announced that the social platform will focus more on encrypted communications rather than public posts. OK, that sounds impressive, but the evolution is a bit more limited than that statement might imply. The encrypted messages will apply to Facebook Messenger, Whatspp, and Instagram, and to "ephemeral" mess.... Sorta like what Snapchat promised.
First reaction: is this really a sea change for Facebook? (Unlikely.)
Second reaction: anybody have any confidence that Facebook, with it's history of horking up any and all information it can gather and sell, is really going to pursue this as a corp?
Third reaction: anybody have any confidence that Facebook, with it's history of privacy related bugs, will do very complicated crypto right?
In the end, I suspect that this will be a momentary fad at Facebook, until they realize that providing this service is in direct conflict with their base model. I don't see it as a major change, but a momentary media distraction to try and deflect attention from their ongoing privacy problems.
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