Facebook F8 conference showed that Facebook wants to steer away from its past tumultuous years and present the users with a new image of Facebook, which explains why we now have a new icon for Facebook. Credit needs to be given where it’s due — Facebook has taken a lot of initiatives to become a more private platform, promising that ‘its future is privacy.’ However, users are understandably tired of hearing the same narrative with not much to show. As Google’s Sundar Pichai said at Google I/O conference this year, ‘the present is private,’ and it should be.
Hence, in hopes that Facebook could become a trusted, private platform, I wanted to share a few ideas on how Facebook and privacy could coexist. Facebook plays a role that is too large to be ignored by our society that simply boycotting it won’t solve any problems. As Chris Hughes puts it, “Facebook so dominates social networking, it faces no market-based accountability.”