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Facebook’s Lawyer Rattles the World, Says Users Don’t Have Any Privacy

Facebook’s Lawyer Rattles the World, Says Users Don’t Have Any Privacy

Ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, privacy concerns on Facebook are getting highlighted time and again. The newest controversy on the platform is arising out of a lawsuit where a Facebook lawyer said that there is no privacy on their platform.

Does Facebook even care?

Earlier this week, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke at a shareholder meeting and reiterated his stance on building a social platform focused on privacy. However, the company’s attorney Orin Snyder has taken the opposite path and declared that there is no privacy on Facebook.

Facebook’s Lawyer Rattles the World, Says Users Don’t Have Any Privacy

According to Law360, Snyder appeared before the court for a class-action lawsuit over Cambridge Analytica’s infamous accessing and exploitation of Facebook user data. There he noted that there should be “no expectation of privacy” on Facebook. He even said that there is no case for the invasion of privacy “because there is no privacy.” He also noted that users had consented to share their data with third parties and tried to convince the US District Court Judge Vince Chhabria to dismiss the lawsuit.

What is privacy?

According to Snyder, one has to guard something closely if they intend it to be reasonably private. Zuckerberg, on the other hand, was busy lauding his company at Thursday’s shareholder meeting, talking about his commitment to protect the private data of users. He even talked about a vision of creating a “privacy-focused social platform” in the next 5 to 10 years.

Interestingly, Zuckerberg said that Facebook is public, like a “digital town square” but the company will focus on privacy in its product strategy. Their lawyer Snyder said that sharing something with a large crowd forfeits your privacy.

Facebook’s scandals don’t come to an end. The company’s move to give third parties the ability to see a viewer’s private messages were met with backlash. In fact, the company’s essential monopoly on social media, including Facebook, Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp had made politicians call for the company to be broken up.

A slew of scandals hasn’t stopped Zuckerberg from declaring that “the future is private.” He said this during the Facebook F8 developer conference in April, introducing the six main pillars that could help the company reach this future. For a giant like Facebook, privacy may not be a profitable bet. Without extensive data about the users, their family, behaviors and interest, it will not be able to allow advertisers to target them. Since advertising revenue runs the company, complete privacy could be a myth.

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