Facebook Tailors Privacy Settings to Suit ‘Social Norms’
Posted on Jan 11, 2010
Facebook has come under fire more than once for its execs’ creative interpretations of the term privacy, and now the megasite’s fresh-faced CEO Mark Zuckerberg has drummed up a very interesting line of argument to justify his stance on the issue. What you might see as violations of personal privacy, Zuckerberg and his team view as “reflect[ing] the current social norms.” Oh. —KA
Zuckerberg told an audience at the 2009 Crunchies Awards ceremonies in San Francisco on Friday that social norms are changing and people don’t expect or want nearly as much privacy as they have in the past.
“When we got started, the question people asked was, ‘Why would I want to put any information on the Internet?’,” he said during the presentation of awards to top online startups and makers of innovative technology.
“In the last five or six years, blogging has taken off in a huge way. People have really gotten comfortable sharing more information and different kinds but more openly and with more people,” Zuckerberg added.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg beams at an audience at the 2008 SXSWi conference.