Following the harsh criticism Facebook has received for intrusive data-collection of its users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking measures to move the platform in a forward-thinking direction.

“As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms,” Zuckerberg states. “Today we already see that private messaging, ephemeral stories, and small groups are by far the fastest growing areas of online communication.”

Meaning that the focus is shifting to private communications or posts that “disappear” and are not part of a permanent archive on a person’s profile.

This shift is what sparked the discussion to transition Facebook into more of a messaging app with encryption and data-dumping services. Since a firm time frame has not yet been disclosed, users will need to continue evolving with the platform and seeing if these “privacy protecting policies” ever come to fruition.

How do you feel about this change?