"For years, critics have taken aim at Facebook's privacy missteps, from the Cambridge Analytica scandal to this week's revelation that Facebook has paid people—including minors—to let it spy on all of their online activity, potentially even including their encrypted private messages. Which makes it a potentially very big deal that over the last several weeks, the company has quietly hired three prominent privacy advocates, all outspoken critics, ostensibly to help right the ship.
David O'Brien, assistant research director for privacy and security at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society reflects on what these hires might signal for the company. "I have to think they would not have accepted these roles at Facebook without being assured their contributions would be taken seriously."
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