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Facebook plans to use blockchain technology to protect user data



Facebook plans to use blockchain technology to protect user data


It would also be implemented to solve part of the privacy problems that the company has faced in recent times.

The social network with the most users in the world, Facebook is contemplating the possibility of integrating technology based on ‘blockchain’ or ‘chain of blocks’ to protect the privacy of Internet users’ data, the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, explained on Thursday.

In a public online conversation with Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain, Zuckerberg was open to resorting to a decentralized ‘blockchain’ system to solve part of the privacy problems that the company has faced in recent times.

“Basically, you take the information, store it in a decentralized system and You have the option of accessing it without the need for an intermediary, “said the co-founder of the social network.

“I’m thinking about how to make this work,” said Zuckerberg, for whom adopting blockchain technology “would dramatically increase the power of individuals.”

The ‘blockchain’ is a mode of storage and transmission of data in the network considered extremely secure by being based on a decentralized coding system that requires the involvement of several “agents” to carry out any modification.

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It is, for example, the system on which many financial transactions and cryptocurrencies such as “bitcoin”.

The Menlo Park (California, USA) -based company has been plagued by numerous scandals regarding its management of user data privacy in recent months, that have considerably diminished their public image.

The biggest controversy Facebook faced was in March of last year, when it was revealed that British consultancy Cambridge Analytica used an application to collect millions of data of Internet users of the platform without their consent for political purposes.

The company used data from the social network to develop psychological profiles of voters, which they allegedly sold to the campaign of the now US president, Donald Trump, during the 2016 elections, among others.

Months later, in October, Facebook admitted that hackers they stole personal data from 30 million accounts.