The founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, expressed that he is considering the application of the blockchain technology in user authorisation.
During an interview with Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain, Zuckerberg explained that he believes Facebook to be a “decentralizing force in the world.”. He then continued to explain that for his generation, technology “gives individuals power, and is not massively centralizing.”.
In regard to blockchain application, Zuckerberg mentioned that he was thinking about using it to give users control of their data.
“Basically, you take your information, you store it on some decentralized system and you have the choice to log into places without going through an intermediary.”
In his opinion, any technological obstacles can be overcome eventually, but there are still questions of philosophical nature.
“I think the more interesting questions there are not feasibility in the near term, but are the philosophical questions of the goodness of a system like that one,”
Zuckerberg believes that decentralisation would certainly offer users more control over their data, however, it would also make it a lot more difficult to fight potential abuse of the system.
As an example of how Facebook moves towards decentralisation, Zuckerberg mentioned encryption of its messaging, listing privacy and security as its main benefits.
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