errr, El Reg, I think your passwords leaked to The Onion, you may want to change them...
We have obtained a transcript of a secret crisis meeting held last week between top executives at Facebook, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, hammering out a corporate response to the social network's non-stop rollercoaster of scandals. We present it here unedited. Mark Zuckerberg: Hi everyone. So the …
>Hi everyone. So the reason I wanted us all here was to…
>Well, last week, as you know, I gave an interview to some Harvard Law professor.
>So we all thought this was a good idea because he's not a journalist and wouldn't ask precise questions.
Seriously? Wow.. Attorney types particularly Law Professors tend to be very precise. If you don't feel their question is precise, they probably already got out of you what they wanted(particularly in court). This is why a person representing themselves in court is often considered a fool. Looks like Zuckerburg is a bit disconnected from reality here.
This transcript 'leak' must be a joke.. just couldn't be this 'choice'!
The meeting could look real, but I'm afraid the Great Hoarders are far less clueless than depicted. They are looking for ways to blow dust in the eyes of the people who could pose as a threat to their business model - especially politicians and media -, and there's a risk they could be successful.
Media are already misunderstanding the "private social network" proposed by The Hoarder as if Facebook was stopping to gather private data about its users - which is not what is planned. Tech media like ElReg can understand it, but many others just see the "privacy" finger and not the hungry claws behind.
In the Facebook post, there's a careful managing of the words "encryption" and "messaging" to give the illusions that everything will be end-to-end encrypted, but I'm sure a lot will be end-to-Facebook encrypted because messaging between apps is different from storing photos on FB, for example. They know people are relying less on local storage, and are pushed towards online storage. That contents may be deleted after a given time is irrelevant, whatever is of interest for Facebook can be extracted before the content is deleted, and anyway, many people will still keep contents they don't want to be deleted there.
The fact that Zuck says it won't store contents in countries which do violate human rights is irrelevant again. GDPR, for example, has a far higher bar for data storage. Anyway, he knows Facebook has no chance where VKontakte, WeChat and other systems that hold the market in their countries, so why not try to look good without any effort?
While they can't see the bait is to push regulators to allow for the Whatsapp/Instagram/FB Messenger data merger. And the idea The Hoarder wants to build Anyway, what is very important is to have an app planted of as many devices as you could. You can ignore message contents, as the app will be able to gather a lot anyway.
But there are journalists looking at WeChat large intrusion into Chinese lives as a good thing - i.e. "people can pay coffee with it!!!" - c'mon, does someone really think that paying using a Facebook app wouldn't be a ginormous privacy invasion, that would give FB even more very useful data points - far more interesting for advertisers than your "love you" or "have a pint?" messages?
Really, I don't want services built on Facebook, and find one day I will have to use it to buy or pay.... or worse.
Usual blah-bedi-blah straight from the Microsoft Manual of P.R. Speak.
Privacy-focused is categorically not "private".
The whole "note" is full of such weasel words. "Reducing permanence". What does that even mean? Until one hour before Judgement Day?
I am starting to feel sick.
Zuckerberg: OK, all right! Thank you. Now that brings me to a bigger concern: our public image. As you know we take our users' privacy very seriously…
All: Very seriously.
Amazing! I can imagine them all reciting that in response to that sentence every single time it's said like in hot fuzz, "the greater good"
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