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« on: May 24, 2010, 02:37:51 PM »

Contrite Facebook CEO promises new privacy controls    

Buffeted by privacy snafus and the lingering fallout from a damning, years-old instant messaging thread, Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg switched into full-on damage control Monday, confessing that the sprawling social network had "missed the mark" when it comes to its complex privacy controls — and pledging to do better.

In an open letter published Monday in the Washington Post (whose chairman, Donald E. Graham, just so happens to sit on Facebook's board of directors), Zuckerberg wrote that Facebook has been "growing quickly" and admitted that "sometimes we move too fast."

"Many of you thought our controls were too complex," Zuckerberg's letter reads. "Our intention was to give you lots of granular controls" — uh, you can say that again — "but that may not have been what many of you wanted. We just missed the mark."

Zuckerberg promised, in "coming weeks," privacy controls that will be "much simpler to use" — including an "easy way to turn off all third-party services" that can access your account.

But Zuckerberg wasn't just announcing new privacy features in Monday's open letter; he was also clearly trying to bridge a growing trust gap between Facebook and its increasingly suspicious users, especially in light of reports last week that Facebook (among other social networks) had been passing along user name and IDs to advertisers (including Google's DoubleClick and Yahoo!'s own Right Media) without users' consent. Those privacy loopholes have since been plugged, say Facebook, MySpace and other social networks.

But Zuckerberg is also being dogged by an embarrassing IM thread from when he was a 19-year-old Harvard student, bragging that he'd gathered personal information from thousands of users for the nascent TheFacebook.com. "People just submitted it," Zuckerberg messaged, "I don't know why. They 'trust me.' Dumb [expletive]." (This comes via Silicon Alley Insider.)

Naturally, the indiscreet IM thread has ignited controversy. Some argue that Zuckerberg shouldn't be held accountable for something he'd written when he was still a teenager (all of six years ago, mind you). Others say the remarks illustrate a cavalier attitude toward user privacy.

The debate seems to have struck a chord with Zuckerberg, who bent over backward in his letter Monday to emphasize Facebook's "core principles," which include seeking to build a "better world" that's "open and connected..." 

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ytech_gadg/20100524/tc_ytech_gadg/ytech_gadg_tc2204  
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2010, 04:11:43 PM »

It seems abundantly clear that Zuckerberg is an arrogant little ****.  The kind of guy you'd probably want to punch in the face after talking to him for 30 seconds.

It's worth a read looking into the back history of the creation of Facebook.  It's full of backstabbing, cheating, and illegal activity.

I've always been mum with personal information on the internet for a reason, and Facebook and other internet companies' attitude about this has shown me to be wise.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2010, 04:41:40 PM »

It seems abundantly clear that Zuckerberg is an arrogant little ****.  The kind of guy you'd probably want to punch in the face after talking to him for 30 seconds.

It's worth a read looking into the back history of the creation of Facebook.  It's full of backstabbing, cheating, and illegal activity.

I've always been mum with personal information on the internet for a reason, and Facebook and other internet companies' attitude about this has shown me to be wise.

For anybody that might be interested in either Facebook and/or Mark Zuckerberg, there is a new book that is both a company history and a biography coming out on 6/15/10. It's called "The Facebook Effect: the Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World" by David Kirkpatrick. While I haven't seen the book, and while it is not being released till next month, there is an exclusive excerpt from the book in the 5/24/10 issue of "Fortune" magazine. For anybody that is interested.
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2010, 09:24:52 PM »

Thank goodness!

Now all the goombahs I went to high school with can safely build their Farmville farms and pray en masse for President Obama to drop dead.
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