Facebook founder out to fix 'a bunch of mistakes'

May 24, 2010
The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen. The founder of the website, Mark Zuckerberg, has said the service has made blunders that it hopes to fix with coming changes to its privacy controls.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday said the social networking service has made blunders that it hopes to fix with coming changes to its privacy controls.

Zuckerberg issued a mea culpa in an email exchange with popular technology blogger Robert Scoble, who shared it at his website after purportedly getting Zuckerberg's permission.

"I want to make sure we get this stuff right this time," said a message attributed to Zuckerberg.

"I know we've made a bunch of mistakes, but my hope at the end of this is that the service ends up in a better place and that people understand that our intentions are in the right place and we respond to the feedback from the people we serve."

Zuckerberg, who turned 26 years old on May 14, said Facebook would start talking publicly this week about modifications.

"We've been listening to all the feedback and have been trying to distill it down to the key things we need to improve," Zuckerberg wrote.

"We're going to be ready to start talking about some of the new things we've built this week."

Facebook on Saturday said it plans to simplify privacy controls at the popular to appease critics.

Facebook contended that members like new programs rolled out at the California-based Internet hotspot but want easy ways to opt out of sharing personal information with third-party applications or websites.

Features introduced last month include the ability for partner websites to incorporate Facebook data, a move that would further expand the social network's presence on the Internet.

has been under fire from US privacy and consumer groups, US lawmakers and the European Union over new features that critics claim compromise the of its more than 400 million members.

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Temple
not rated yet May 24, 2010
An internet service such as FaceBook can:

A) Have all the features you like, thanks to hundreds of man-years of development.
B) Not sell your usage information.
C) Cost nothing.

Pick two.

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It's a good idea to have your eyes open, and make smart decisions about how you use FB, but it is a bit of a pipe-dream to expect any website to provide A, B, and C.

There's a strong sense of entitlement coming from the FB users who are outraged at the privacy issues. FB *has* to sell your information to exist. You have a choice to use it or not.

I use FB (any website really) with the expectation that everything I contribute is completely public. Even the most secure and supposedly private site can be prone to human mistakes or malicious attack which can compromise data security.
LariAnn
not rated yet May 24, 2010
Is it "entitlement" or the idea that the right to privacy is not something that can be abridged by a company without user consent? I don't care if a service is for free or for fee, the choice to have your personal information shared has to be your own, not that of the company. If the company chooses that the default is to be sharing your private information, then IMHO they are OBLIGATED to tell each user BEFORE the user joins or subscribes, not years afterward!!