Facebook: Open Platform, Private Platform

Facebook: Open Platform, Private Platform

Facebook cMark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, posted his vision for Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger (all which his company runs), and for social media in general, on a blog post in The New York Times. It is a startling change from where Facebook is today. Essentially, he is moving his company from the open platform it is today to a bifurcated open and closed platform. This vision follows years of scandal which The Goldman blog has covered multiple times. The coming new structure will be based on 6 principles centered on private interactions, encryption, reducing permanence, safety, interoperability and data storage. The New York Times offered their analysis of Zuckerberg’s post. Both posts take a little time to read, but are well worth the investment. Zuckerberg has belated realized his company’s major flaws. His new open platform, private platform structure will not solve all of them, but it does acknowledge that times are changing and new approaches to social media are needed if his company, and other social media companies, are to continue to thrive. His vision may very well be what social media will look like in the next five years.