The press response to Mark Zuckerberg’s memo on solitude and Facebook has largely fallen into two camps: skepticism and open mockery.
Zuckerberg himself confessed how difficult it’s to believe that Facebook actually cares about creating a space where users can communicate and in tiny numbers.
I meanwe murdered democracy, gave a stage to Nazis, sold your information to the highest bidder so… rather hard to believe that a single word we say, right?
“I understand that many people don’t think Facebook can or might want to build this type of privacy-focused system — because honestly we don’t now have a solid reputation for building privacy protective services…”
Mockery of this notion that, as TechCrunch place it, Zuckerberg has abruptly “found privacy. ” Skepticism as typified by Mashable’s useful warning that “if the last 15 years of Facebook have taught us anything, it’s that we should not take Zuckerberg’s words at face value” and the Washington Post’s adorably credulous assert that “should [Zuckerberg’s] vision be realized, it’s nothing less than the epochal change in Facebook’s business model. ”