Mark Zuckerberg has recently discussed the consequences of using blockchain technology for authorization of user data on Facebook. He expressed his views during an interview with Jonathan Zittrain, a prominent Harvard Law professor.
The discussion revolved around topics such as the future of society and technology. Zuckerberg maintained that Facebook itself is a decentralizing force despite its over-centralization of data and authority. He added that people of his generation invested their time and efforts in technology because it imparts power to individuals and is massively decentralized.
He did admit that Facebook is looking to integrate blockchain technology into its system to give users additional control over their data. He explained that in future, information could be stored on some decentralized platform and retrieved “without going through an intermediary”.
However, he maintained that the main issue related to the use of blockchain is not its computational intensity rather its moral implications. Although users can get more control by using a decentralized system, it can also lead to unforeseen problems. It will be difficult to rescue users in such a situation, much more than a centralized system, he added.
Zuckerberg said that one way to move towards a decentralized structure was to offer more encryption capabilities as the company was doing in its messaging services. Various benefits offered by using encryption such as privacy and security were also outlined by the Facebook CEO.
“People rightfully have an expectation of us [Facebook], that we are going to do everything we can to stop terrorists from recruiting people or people from exploiting children.”
Nevertheless, he stressed that people should feel confident that Facebook will not allow any terrorist group to exploit children or recruit adults for terrorist activities.
Earlier in February, Facebook acquired a blockchain startup, Chainspace, in order to train its staff in crypto-related skills and expertise.
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