The media response to Mark Zuckerberg’s memo on solitude and Facebook has mostly fallen into two teams: skepticism and open mockery.
Mockery of the notion which, as TechCrunch put it, Zuckerberg has suddenly “found privacy. ” Skepticism as typified by Mashable’s useful warning that “when the previous 15 years of Facebook have taught us anything, it is that we should not take Zuckerberg’s words at face value” along with the Washington Post’s adorably credulous claim that “ought to [Zuckerberg’s] vision be realized, it’s nothing less than an epochal shift in Facebook’s business model. ”
Ho ho ho!
Even Zuckerberg himself acknowledged how hard it’s to feel that Facebook cares about making a space where users can communicate and in small numbers.
I mean, we murdered democracy, gave a stage to Nazis, sold your information to the maximum bidder so… rather hard to believe that a single word we say, right?
“I understand that many men and women don’t think Facebook can or might want to build this type of privacy-focused platform — because frankly we don’t now have a solid reputation for building privacy protective solutions…”