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Facebook: We Do a ''Reasonable Job'' on Privacy

Zuckerberg said last week that the company has 'missed the mark' when it came to privacy. In an effort to keep users happy, Facebook debuted newer, less complicated privacy settings and this week, Zuckerberg said he felt the company was doing a 'reasonable job' when it came to giving people control over their information.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Zuckerberg feels the controversy surround Facebook privacy will eventually pass. The CEO said that the future of websites will be built on personalisation and the people at the core of those sites.

Zuckerberg said his aim was to push Facebook's strategy beyond the social network to enable websites and apps to become better because they have people at their core. And he pledged to continue to make the "right changes" even if some of them might be considered controversial when they are introduced.

"We think it's the right thing to do, and people expect that of us," he said during an appearance at the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital conference here.

"A few years from now we'll look back and wonder why there was this time when all these websites weren't personalized," he said. "The world is moving in this direction where everything is designed around people."

However, though Mr. Zuckerberg says he will continue to 'make the right changes,' many users would disagree. The backlash from the recent changes is not the only time Facebook has faced complaints from users and privacy advocates. One such time was in 2007, when the social network automatically opted all users into its Beacon advertising program. Beacon sent information to Facebook from more than 40 different partner Websites, sometimes published online purchases on a user's news feed. The backlash creates so much press that one partner, Coca Cola, decided to pull out. The soft drink company claimed it had been under the impression the service would be strictly opt-in. Shortly after, Zuckerberg apologized and Facebook said it would allow users to opt-out of the service. In 2009, Facebook shut down Beacon altogether.

Read more about Zuckerberg's D8 appearance on the Wall Street Journal.

  • pinkfloydminnesota
    People who complain about Facebook's privacy settings and continue to use it are just like people who complain about kids peeing in the city pool and continue to swim in it.

    Facebook will always violate your privacy, kids will always pee in the city pool, and if you use free services you should expect to get some urine on your body.
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  • Shadow703793
    pinkfloydminnesotaPeople who complain about Facebook's privacy settings and continue to use it are just like people who complain about kids peeing in the city pool and continue to swim in it.Facebook will always violate your privacy, kids will always pee in the city pool, and if you use free services you should expect to get some urine on your body.Yup. Those people are hypocrites.
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  • afforess
    Because doing an "average" job always yields positive results... Right. You can fool some of the people all of the time or all of the people some of the time...
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  • Pyroflea
    People refuse to stop using their services, even with their horrible privacy. They've slightly bettered their policies, so those people have no reason to stop.

    I use FB, but I have very little information on it. If people would stop putting every detail pertaining to their lives out in the open on the web, they would have a lot less reason to complain.
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  • gm0n3y
    pinkfloydminnesotaPeople who complain about Facebook's privacy settings and continue to use it are just like people who complain about kids peeing in the city pool and continue to swim in it.Facebook will always violate your privacy, kids will always pee in the city pool, and if you use free services you should expect to get some urine on your body.Two things:

    1) Pools aren't free, at least not where I live.
    2) I don't use Facebook (because of the privacy issues) and I end up missing out on a lot of things because of it. I feel that gives me the right to complain.
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  • kingssman
    I'm going out on the limb here and say that if your Obsessed with your own narcism and vanity, then you should have no right to privacy.

    What i'm conveying is people who post every little detail about their personal lives on the web,(going on a 7day vacation, left door unlocked) post their address, work, school, home phone#, personal email, work email, into a searchable public database. Add every stranger as a "friend", post pictures of yourself doing stupid things on the internet and tag it "Me Getting so stoned off my balls" and post it as your "status update / profile pic" THEN OF COURSE YOU HAVE NO PRIVACY!!

    its like geeze.. and everyone is scared that the government is violating privacy when in fact anybody with google can get your name, birthday, SS# because you willingly posted them online.
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  • toastninja17
    Really should be more along the lines of "exceptional".
    Either way, doesn't stop me from using facebook and my iPhone, my two main hubs for communication.
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  • duckmanx88
    and BP is great at oil drilling. -__-
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  • gm0n3y
    kingssmanI'm going out on the limb here and say that if your Obsessed with your own narcism and vanity, then you should have no right to privacy.What i'm conveying is people who post every little detail about their personal lives on the web,(going on a 7day vacation, left door unlocked) post their address, work, school, home phone#, personal email, work email, into a searchable public database. Add every stranger as a "friend", post pictures of yourself doing stupid things on the internet and tag it "Me Getting so stoned off my balls" and post it as your "status update / profile pic" THEN OF COURSE YOU HAVE NO PRIVACY!!its like geeze.. and everyone is scared that the government is violating privacy when in fact anybody with google can get your name, birthday, SS# because you willingly posted them online.The reason I'm not on facebook is more for what other people post about me / link to me. I don't want all those photos of me showing up linked to my profile. I tell my friends not to upload any photo with me in it, but they always do, even my gf does. I worked in the IT sector and I want my personal life hidden from my employers / potential employers.
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  • JOSHSKORN
    It's like Hot Coffee is...yeah, you guessed it. Hot! Don't spill it on yourself. Like mama always said, "Be careful, don't burn." Listen to mama. It's also like trusting a computer to give you accurate directions. Carry a damn Thomas Guide with you. If you're concerned about Facebook Privacy, well, maybe you shouldn't be on Facebook. If it's your way of communicating with your friend, well, delete your account, make a new one with NO profile information, add your friends and DON'T POST. No one is forcing you to "Share" thoughts w/ your friends on Facebook. It's your own damn fault.
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