Focusing on Privacy Won’t Solve Facebook’s Problems

At Facebook’s annual developer conference on April 30, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out a major change for the social media platform: a shift to privacy. Facebook’s redesign, which was first announced in a blog post in March, aims to prioritize private, encrypted messaging (on Facebook Messenger as well as Facebook-acquired WhatsApp and Instagram’s Direct Messaging) and Facebook groups over the more public “town square”-style News Feed that has been the cornerstone of the platform since its founding. Private messaging, Zuckerberg argued, is the future of social media communications.


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