Privacy is Facebook priority - Zuckerberg

2010-10-17 23:57

Dubai - User privacy is the priority of social networking site Facebook, which has come under fire from users for its privacy settings, the company's director of market development said on Sunday in Dubai.

"Privacy, I would say, is the number one most important thing for our company, and we're always listening to feedback," Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, said on the first day of the Gitex information and communication technology exhibition.

"We've recently rolled out (many) new updates and controls to privacy. Now, every single time you post something, you can control who sees that," she said.

"We're always trying to listen to feedback and giving people more and more controls."

While Facebook has become the world's most popular social network with more than 500 million users, it has also been criticised for complex privacy controls and for requiring users to opt out of features that allow access to their information without an opt-in function.

Such complaints led the site to modify its privacy controls.

Facebook's origins have been the subject of two recent books and a hit movie, The Social Network.

  • Peter - 2010-10-18 07:55

    If people are that worried about their privacy, they must leave FaceBook.
    FaceBook is a great site and I have met many wonderful people through it.

  • Michael - 2010-10-18 09:20

    Yes, but facebook has suggested I be friends with someone who I had no other connection to, other than gmail/gtalk correspondence.

    And then I set my wife up so she could not be seen by anyone other than her friends, then they changed their privacy settings and wham everyone can see her.

    I do not consider that respect for privacy.

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