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Some insta-reactions to Zuckerberg's "Privacy-Focused Vision", available here:
1) This isn't a post I expected to read, and I wish he wrote it two years ago. Hopefully the external vision is reflected in internal moves to change product culture that informs thousands of product and engineering decisions per year. Turning a ship that large is difficult.
2) To that end, this week's 2FA number screw-up has become more important for Facebook to address. While the number of affected is small, this is a clear privacy-security win and not fixing it is incompatible with this sentiment that he wants to bend the curve on perception.
3) I totally agree that "encryption is decentralizing" in that it reduces the chance for centralized access to mass amounts of data, but making E2E encryption an expected requirement for social networks is a massive competitive moat.
4) Wow, it is really refreshing to see Mark explicitly talk about the downsides of connecting people, and even using the magic words like "terrorism".
5) Right now FB gets crap (from the same people) for both invading people's privacy and not policing communications enough. This is the judo move: in a world where everything is encrypted and doesn't last long, entire classes of scandal are invisible to the media.
He explicitly recognizes the downside for safety, and rightly points out the potential mitigations, but he is coming down pretty hard on putting data outside of Facebook's reach for advertising, content moderation, investigation and government requests.
6) This is the section giving the engineers on this project the most heartburn. Allow federated sending and receiving of E2E encrypted messages while having some safety and with crazy namespaces? Sure, let me first send out a resume.
7) The "Secure Data Storage" section is a massive shot across Tim Cook's bow. Expect to hear a lot about iCLoud and China every time Cook is sanctimonious.

In other news, Zuck has clearly given up on entering China, as these changes makes that impossible. Good.
8) "Committed to consulting with experts..." Good! These are massive decisions which nobody has ever made before and that impact the safety and privacy of billions. There needs to be an open process where these equities are discussed and weighed. That's better for FB and us.
9) I agree with @ashk4n, this is the "WeChat play", moving away from ads to intermediating commerce. How you replace all that ad money is a big question for shareholders!


Encryption advocates
Users in oppressive countries
Users who don't like LE getting their chats
EU Data Protection Authorities
WeChat (never will face FB competition in PRC)

Groups who want more content moderation
EU law enforcement
US LE and IC (FAA 702 becomes a lot less useful)
Smaller competitors who can't afford E2E
WeChat (FB boxing out growth outside PRC)
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