Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dodges privacy questions at D8

June 3rd, 2010 by Chris Hogg Leave a reply »
Facebook has been publicly flogged recently over how it treats privacy; the company has been accused of making settings too difficult to understand. Yesterday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage at D8 where he talked privacy, but dodged questions.

The privacy issue has been a PR disaster for Facebook, prompting it to once again launch newer and simpler privacy settings. Some people have gone so far as to stage public walk-outs on the popular social sharing site, quitting Facebook over what they say are unethical business practices.

To discuss the privacy issue, the 26-year-old Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage at The Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital” conference (D8).

During the sit-down discussion, D8 creators and executive producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher grilled Zuckerberg on his company’s stance and the public’s reaction to changes in privacy settings. They asked Zuckerberg if Facebook was violating its members’ expectation of privacy and if it’s pushing them to overshare. Zuckerberg also faced criticism about forcing users to opt-out of the company’s instant personalization feature (rather than opt-in).

While some give the wunderkind credit for having the nerve to face critical press on an issue that has bruised the company, others point out Zuckerberg was sweating bullets and avoided giving any straight-forward answers.

See for yourself in this video coverage from D8:

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