Thank you @eneerhut for responding. Your loyalty to your employer is remarkable because actually it should be your boss (Facebook CEO) who should be giving statements on this subject.
I probably can’t convince you of any of that. Facebook has received a lot of scrutiny over privacy in recent years, and rightly so. A positive consequence of this is that there is now extensive focus on privacy throughout the organisation. There are extensive controls on where and how data is stored, and who has access to it.
It’s great to hear and read that there has finally been some awakening at Facebook about people’s privacy and how important it actually is. However, any changes Facebook might have introduced or might introduce are hardly going to convince anybody. You see, the problem is that for years and years Facebook has developed a business model based on collecting data about users and non-users (so basically everybody) in order to sell it to the highest bidder. This has created and nurtured a certain culture, a mindset, and a way of doing business in the company. It is not going to vanish over night. This is one problem. The second problem is that even though Facebook may have learned its lessons in privacy (though I doubt it, later more on that), they have only done so because they were forced to. And now, all I hear from Facebook is “trust us, trust us, trust us”. It is the same thing they have been saying as before “trust us, trust us, trust us”. So, why should anyone believe them now? They still have the same business model going on as before: the user is the product, not the client.
To me, a strong indication of why Facebook still has not learned anything, but more importantly has not changed its mindset, is the way they have handled the Mapillary acquisition. Apparently, they have no idea about how bad their reputation is or they really just do not care. They also do not have any sense of politics and good public relations. If they would have been aware of that they would have taken a different course of action to associate themselves with Mapillary. They could have become a major client (no need to disclose this fact), or they could have transformed Mapillary into a foundation which would have kept them in a safe distance to the data, or they could have just licensed the technology which would have enabled them to build their own mapping service. There were so many avenues to go down but no, it had to be a head on attack. So, instead of keeping low, which would have been the wise way to go, they stomped all over Mapillary and its contributors, flashed the cash and said “deal with it”. This behavior clearly shows their disregard for anything and anybody.
No matter how often they might reiterate “trust us”, no sane person is going to believe them.