In my personal opinion, Facebook has earned their reputation. Their stance towards privacy has always publicly been "Uhh, what? Privacy? Uhhhhh, yeah... we love privacy!" while they fill their platform with dark patterns and extract every last bit of usable data you give them into something they can monetize. They were selling the 2FA phone numbers people would supply for increased login security to advertisers for Pete's sake. Sometimes that giant space station that looks like a moon with that thing that looks suspiciously like a janky planet-busting laser slapped to the side of it really is something to worry about.
I do agree you can say this about any platform, but I don't agree that they're all equally suspicious. Apple *could* be secretly building a data empire out of their users, but they way they've structured their business plans, the way they market, the way they continually design their devices with security and privacy not just in mind but as a top priority... it's doubtful that they're secretly the bad guys. Possible, sure, but if you're going to pick a closed source hardware/software platform, you could do waaay worse.
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> > Kicking the can down to the endpoints -- but really, haven't you always had to trust your app / OS? Unless you coded or audited it yourself from top to bottom and built your own hardware (hah), there is always a level of trust required in the code/device. Trusting Facebook seems... unwise. But not everyone is churning out industrial grade evil like Facebook.
> > https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2019/07/26/the-encryption-debate-is-over-dead-at-the-hands-of-facebook/#55ac36aa5362
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> Facebook receives disproportionally high criticism in recent years not because of technical reasons but because of politics. The wave of attacks on Facebook began after 2016 US election. Initially it was like "fake news in facebook helped one candidate to win" and the idea was to allow journalists of big media companies to mark information in facebook as "fake" and probably delete. Later the attack has spread in all directions. Nowadays everyone tries to punch Facebook in order to look smart.
> Regarding techincal reasons. The author argues that if devices are compromised, then encrypted communication between them is too. But this is not a surprise, it has always been. July 2019 in this aspect is not different from January 2019, or 2017, or 2007. In addition, not only Facebook, but other big tech firms (Microsoft, Apple, Twitter and so on) can download unencrypted data from user device for analysis before encryption. As an exercise, one can replace "Facebook" in that article with "Apple", the bias will be more evident.