Facebook to become privacy-focused like WhatsApp – Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook is making broad vision for transforming the social networking giant with private, encrypted services, Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said he is working to make his social networking platform “privacy-focused” like WhatsApp.

Zuckerberg said the “privacy-focused platform” will be built around principles like private interactions, encryption, reducing permanence, safety and interoperability.

He said, the social media giant is focused on making WhatsApp and Instagram faster, simpler, more private and more secure, including with end-to-end encryption.

People should be able to use any of our apps to reach their friends, and they should be able to communicate across networks easily and securely,” Zuckerberg said, hinting towards merging all his services like Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram into one which has created a furore among privacy advocacy groups and governments.

The announcement suggests a new emphasis for Facebook as it seeks to navigate a crisis over privacy and data protection amid revelations on how it handles personal user data.

Facebook could monetize private communication through private payments. The company is currently working on a cryptocurrency-based project that would allow WhatsApp users to transfer money to one another. Ads are still likely to be the future on Messenger and WhatsApp.

Facebook currently has 2.32 billion users, WhatsApp over 1.5 billion and Instagram over 1 billion monthly active users.

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