Over 7.53 billion people live on planet earth and 2.7 billion people actively use Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp monthly. More than 2.1 billion people are using at least one every day.
Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post highlighting the quarterly results of the company made this revelation.
Even he described the quarter as “a strong quarter.” In a very potent way, he is achieving the goal of connecting people however as more and more people are connected, privacy increasingly becomes an issue.
The more people crave for attention, there are still yearnings for privacy. While addressing these issues, Mark rolled out Facebook’s projection and activities over the next few months.
He announced that a digital living room focused on privacy is in the works and this will be built around several principles.
Private interactions. You should have simple, intimate spaces where you have complete confidence that what you say and do is private.
Encryption. Your private communications should be secure, and end-to-end encryption prevents anyone — including even us — from seeing what you share.
Reducing permanence. You shouldn’t have to worry about what you share coming back to hurt you later, so we won’t keep around messages or stories for longer than necessary.
Safety. You should expect we’ll do everything we can to keep you safe on our services, within the bounds of an encrypted service. So we’re taking the time to get this right upfront before we ship this platform.
Interoperability. You should be able to use any of our apps to reach your friends, and you should be able to communicate across our networks easily and securely.
And finally, secure data storage. You should expect that we won’t store sensitive data in countries where it might be improperly accessed because of weak rule of law or governments that can forcibly get access to your data.
He explained that in the next few years, Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp will be rebuilt using these principles.
In a world that is increasingly becoming more and more open, building a digital platform that is completely private will be a daunting task however with open conversations and discourse, Facebook Inc might just get it right.