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Cox’s exit and failure to manage Christchurch images expose our massive AI data privacy problem

To use or not to use? That is the question about data


The news of Chris Cox—Chief Product Officer and Head of WhatsApp—departing Facebook one week after CEO Mark Zuckerberg published his privacy manifesto clearly points to some fundamental internal disagreements regarding Facebook’s recent announcements and policies on protecting user data privacy. In short, Zuckerberg’s declaration that the future of Facebook lays in “private communication” is a complete 180-degree flip from the foundation of Facebook’s entire growth to date, which is based on billions of users sharing their data publicly and allowing marketers to target them with advertisements.

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