Mark Zuckerberg’s former mentor says privacy manifesto is a PR stunt

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One of Mark Zuckerberg’s earliest allies in Silicon Valley says the Facebook CEO’s recent privacy manifesto is little more than a PR stunt that won’t solve the company’s most serious problems.

Speaking at SXSW, Roger McNamee, an early Facebook investor and and onetime advisor to Zuckerberg, called the CEO’s recent promise to rebuild Facebook as a “privacy-focused” platform “a very effective public relations move that once again is deflecting us away from the core problem.”

McNamee, who once counseled Zuckerberg not to sell Facebook to Yahoo, and to hire Sheryl Sandberg as COO, has become a vocal critic of the social network in recent years. (He’s currently promoting his book, Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, in which he says Zuckerberg and Sandberg ignored his warnings about Russian activity on Facebook in 2016.)  Read more…

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Mark Zuckerberg’s former mentor says privacy manifesto is a PR stunt