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Zuckerberg’s New Privacy Scam: Savvy Marketing But No Real Progress

/ Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressing last month’s F8 2019 developers conference at the San Jose Convention Center. Engadget RSS Feed

  • Facebook has been facing a storm of criticism, including threats of greater regulation and even a break-up. So Mark Zuckerberg, who once claimed privacy is no longer a “social norm,” has now declared, “the future is private.” But buyers beware.
  • Related: That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality.

Lizzie O’Shea, the Baffler  / Portside


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May 21, 2019 | The rhetoric at Facebook—the largest social media platform in the world—is changing. In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg claimed that privacy was no longer a “social norm.” Today, the same man is asserting that “the future is private.” This was the buzz phrase at the company’s developer conference last month, F8, as the platform reoriented away from the newsfeed toward private chats, groups, and stories. Has Mark Zuckerberg been occupied by a parasitic fungus and become a zombie?

Privacy is too often framed in these discussions in highly superficial terms.

There is something stunning about this cultural shift in a corporation that holds such significant global power. It shows that when people speak up and agitate around privacy and data mining it can have a material effect. The idea that people don’t care about privacy, that they are willing to give it all away for the convenience of free services, has been debunked. Facebook specifically has been unable to ignore the waves of criticism it has experienced of late. The capitalist behemoths of the digital age often seem untouchable, and it is easy to forget that they operate in a social context. Like any powerful actor in society, Facebook is subject to the influence of organized people who will not shut up.

Lizzie O’Shea is a practicing lawyer, writer, and broadcaster. She is the author of Future Histories, a guide to how historical social movements and thinkers are relevant to debates about technology today. Her commentary is featured regularly on television and radio, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, and Sydney Morning Herald, among others.

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That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality. Alan MacLeod, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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