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Zuckerberg outlines privacy-focused future for Facebook in major overhaul

Mark Zuckerberg has outlined his vision for a private and secure communications platform that enables people to “connect more naturally”.

In a blog post, he says while Facebook and Instagram have helped people connect with friends, communities and interests publicly in “the digital equivalent of a town square”, private messaging and small groups are “by far the fastest growing areas of online communication”.

“As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms. Privacy gives people the freedom to be themselves and connect more naturally, which is why we build social networks,” he says.

While he admits Facebook is perhaps not in the strongest position to talk about privacy given the various scandals it’s been hit by in recent years, he believes there’s an opportunity to build a “simpler platform that’s focused on privacy first”.

“I understand that many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform &- because frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services, and we’ve historically focused on tools for more open sharing.”

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