Mark Zuckerberg makes public statement after Facebook FTC settlement

By on November 30, 2011
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Talks about his privacy mistakes and correctional procedures.

Though Facebook has grown massively in size over the years, they’ve also been making headlines for all the wrong reasons regularly especially when it comes to questionable privacy settings. Federal Trade Commission charged Facebook with allegations that it deceived users into thinking that their information was private when it actually wasn’t. But today, Facebook ended up in a settlement with FTC on the charges and now Mark Zuckerberg has a public statement to make about it.

On the Facebook blog, Zuckerberg made an elaborate statement about how there were times when the company made a few missteps when it came to privacy but it’s been their ultimate goal. They also announced that they’ve now joined FTC just the way Google and Twitter did:

As we have grown, we have tried our best to listen closely to the people who use Facebook. We also work with regulators, advocates and experts to inform our privacy practices and policies. Recently, the US Federal Trade Commission established agreements with Google and Twitter that are helping to shape new privacy standards for our industry. Today, the FTC announced a similar agreement with Facebook. These agreements create a framework for how companies should approach privacy in the United States and around the world.

He went on to speak about the 20 new changes the company has made recently to ease privacy settings and make them transparent (yet somehow they managed to clutter things even more). Also, Zuckerberg announced two new corporate officers to make sure that something like that doesn’t happen again.

You can read the full statement here. Damage control or not, it’s great to see the man himself come out and speak about the issues even though he cleverly failed to address quite a few of them here including why do some things need to be public at all times.

But for most people, this is more than enough.


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