Facebook’s Privacy Manifesto: What Does It Mean For Digital Forensic Investigations?

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by Christa Miller, Forensic Focus

Mark Zuckerberg’s new “privacy manifesto” for Facebook marks not just a pivot in terms of how the social network shapes modern-day communication. It also marks what The Verge’s Casey Newton called “the end of the News Feed era.” 

Zuckerberg’s opening statement draws a distinction between the “digital equivalent of a town square” which Facebook and Instagram have helped to build over the past 15 years, and the “digital equivalent of the living room” in which more users prefer to spend time together. Most child exploitation domain experts would be quick to point out, however, that child abuse is far more pervasive in living rooms and other private spaces than it is in town squares.

For example, the United Kingdom’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) cites studies from 2011 and 2014 showing, respectively, that more than 90% of sexually…

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