“I understand that many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused system — because honestly we don’t now have a strong reputation for building privacy protective solutions…”
I mean, we killed democracy, gave a stage to Nazis, sold your data to the highest bidder so… rather hard to believe that a single word we say, right?
Even Zuckerberg himself acknowledged how hard it is to believe that Facebook actually cares about creating a space where users can communicate independently and in small numbers.
Mockery of the notion that, as TechCrunch put it, Zuckerberg has suddenly “discovered privacy. ” Skepticism as typified by Mashable’s useful warning that “when the previous 15 years of Facebook have taught us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t take Zuckerberg’s words at face value” along with the Washington Post’s adorably credulous assert that “should [Zuckerberg’s] vision be accomplished, it’s nothing less than the epochal change in Facebook’s business model. ”
The press response to Mark Zuckerberg’s memo on solitude and Facebook has largely fallen into two camps: doubt and open mockery.