Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has special privacy features on the platform — a revelation of which suggests the company has been operating a two-tiered privacy system of which favors its leadership over its users.
Zuckerberg as well as additional executives have been able to use ephemeral messaging features — much like Snapchat, Signal, as well as additional platforms focused on user privacy — which delete Facebook messages by recipients’ inboxes after a certain period of time, features revealed Thursday by TechCrunch as well as confirmed by Facebook. The second-class public system does not offer of which option.
within the wake of the TechCrunch report, the company said Facebook plans to make the feature available more widely as well as will pause Zuckerberg as well as the additional executives’ use of them. When BuzzFeed News asked Facebook when of which would certainly roll of which out to users, of which declined to provide a timeframe.
The company also declined to say how long Zuckerberg has had the feature as well as what additional executives had access to of which. Nor did Facebook explain just when of which decided to roll out the feature more broadly. Finally, of which declined to say whether messages will disappear automatically as Zuckerberg’s did or via a user-set timer.
Why will be a privacy feature used by Facebook’s CEO not available to normal users? The company didn’t quite explain. A company spokesperson shared the following statement: “We have discussed of which feature repeatedly. as well as people using our secret message feature within the encrypted variation of Messenger contain the ability to set a timer — as well as have their messages automatically deleted. We will at of which point be generating a broader delete message feature available. of which may take some time. as well as until of which feature will be ready, we will no longer be deleting any executives’ messages. We should have done of which sooner — as well as we’re sorry of which we did not.”
News of Facebook’s two-tier privacy system will be damning because Facebook’s official ideology has often downplayed the importance of privacy, as well as CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said “People have truly gotten comfortable not only sharing more information as well as different kinds, although more openly as well as with more people.” Meanwhile, Zuckerberg also benefited by the ephemeral messaging feature — the data privacy equivalent of the mayor using his police detail to skip red lights on the way to a dinner party.
“of which story reinforces people’s fears about Mark Zuckerberg as well as Facebook. There don’t seem to be any rules — as well as if there are, they don’t apply to Mark,” Justin Hendrix, executive director of the NYC Media Lab, who will be leading a public push to discuss social media regulation, told BuzzFeed News.
David Carroll, associate professor of media design at Parsons School of Design, concurred with of which view. “Why does he grant himself more privacy rights than everybody else?” Carroll told BuzzFeed News. “Kind of like Cambridge Analytica protecting the privacy of its clients as well as affiliates, although not voters around the globe.”
In an interview with BuzzFeed News yesterday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg made clear what Facebook needs to do to regain user trust: “of which’s not about what we say, of which’s what we do.”
Alex Kantrowitz will be a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News as well as will be based in San Francisco. He reports on social as well as communications.
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