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Facebook work collaboration tool makes sense, but could be another distraction, analysts say

Loek Essers | Nov. 18, 2014
Facebook is working on a collaboration tool for businesses called "Facebook at Work" in a bid to compete with similar tools from Google, LinkedIn and Microsoft.

"It does create potential security leak problems externally, but more importantly internally," Spicer said, adding that it will be harder to make sure that a certain piece of news is not exchanged between departments.

Another problem could be content hosting the content, Gillett said. Companies might not want to host business conversations on Facebook's servers. However, if Facebook at Work takes off, the company would likely offer some kind of integration of the platform into existing corporate IT infrastructures, Gillett added.

"I think this will further spur the discussion about privacy and the separation of work and personal [life]," Gillett said, adding that there is no simple answer. "The question is, how do technology companies like Facebook create software that gives each person, each company and each culture the choices that they want?"


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