Facebook to refocus messaging around encryption and privacy

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Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that the company will rebuild many of its services around encryption and privacy. The changes will take years, Zuckerberg said, with the ultimate end-goal being the creation of a privacy-focused social platform that blends the community of a public social network with the intimacy and security of private messaging on WhatsApp. 

The initial phase of Facebook’s security overhaul will tackle messaging. Zuckerberg said he expects that Facebook users will eventually shift to Messenger and WhatsApp for social communications, rather than posting publicly on their profile or News Feed. 

To that end, Zuckerberg said Facebook will retool its messaging services to be more interoperable, ephemeral, and with end-to-end encryption. The idea is to

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