Josh Hawley demands answers from Zuckerberg on Facebook’s privacy pivot – Politico

Josh Hawley demands answers from Zuckerberg on Facebook’s privacy pivot – Politico

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“You claim your goal is to limit Facebook’s window into users’ lives, but your future profits demand that you expand that window, ” Sen. Josh Hawley wrote to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo Sen. Josh Hawley today questioned the authenticity of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's much-hyped pivot to privacy and pressed him for details on what kinds of data the company will continue to collect. In a letter to Zuckerberg, Hawley (R-Mo.) said he fears the CEO’s recent manifesto — in which he outlined a “privacy-focused” vision for the company focused on encrypted communications and ephemeral messages — was merely an effort to “to capture and subvert the privacy revolution that threatens your business model and claim an empty public relations victory.” Story Continued Below “You claim your goal is to limit Facebook’s window into users’ lives, but your future profits demand that you expand that window, ” Hawley wrote. “The American people deserve to know how you plan to do that before they sign on to your new vision of supposedly private social engagement.” Hawley called on Zuckerberg to spell out what kinds of metadata Facebook will mine from encrypted conversations, how long ....


He asked Zuckerberg to detail what steps if any the company has taken to prepare media outlets. “As a major online content platform, Facebook holds the fate of America’s news publishers in its hands, ” he said. “It has not proven itself a worthy custodian.” Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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