Facebook will shift its focus from public posts to encrypted and ephemeral messages on its trio of messaging apps, said founder Mark Zuckerberg in a blog post.
Zuckerberg promised greater privacy controls for users and said that the company is willing to be banned in countries which do not accept its updated policy. “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,” he said.
He added that encrypted services will make people confident that their messages are secured and they won’t stick around forever. The service will be similar to WhatsApp, he said, and end-to-end encryption will become a feature across all apps.
Facebook will not “store sensitive data in countries with weak records on human rights like privacy and freedom of expression,” Zuckerberg pointed out. The Verge reported that Russia and Vietnam are constantly demanding tech companies to store user data on local servers, and the new privacy laws would reduce the possibility of Facebook to open in China.
No specific time frame was offered for achieving the vision. “Finding the right ways to protect both privacy and safety is something societies have historically grappled with,” Zuckerberg writes. “There are still many open questions here and we’ll consult with safety experts, law enforcement and governments on the best ways to implement safety measures,” he added.