Facebook’s Long And Winding Road
Yesterday at F8, Facebook’s annual app developer conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage to deliver a riveting and freewheeling keynote address. Obviously the topic de jour was the Cambridge Analytica data leak and Facebook’s ensuing reaction to the scandal. If you have some time to kill Wired is featuring a really in depth summary of Zuckerberg’s remarks.
There was some good news for Facebook true believers in Mr. Zuckerberg’s comments. He’s clearly owning the company’s mistakes with a heartfelt mea culpa and is committed to fixing Facebook’s user privacy problems. But here’s the bad news . . . even by Zuckerberg’s own admission the project will require 30,000 newhires and three years to fix. What? Elon Musk is planning to have a fully functional Death Star built in three years, so why will it take Facebook that long to ensure user privacy?
As the saying goes, all great journeys must begin with a single step. Hopefully Facebook has some comfortable shoes laced up for this one.