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December 15th, 2009 by ravi

Zuckerberg opts out of new Facebook privacy settings
December 15th, 2009 by ravi

Mark Zuckerberg is the founder and CEO of Facebook, the social networking site that is once again facing criticisms for revising its privacy settings which includes new [recommended] defaults that expose more user information to everyone. Along with this change came doublespeak from Facebook that these moves were intended to enhance the privacy of Facebook users. And just in case you weren’t convinced, Zuckerberg has now expanded his own privacy settings, permitting “friends of friends” to view his own details, photographs and so on.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has changed the privacy settings on his personal page to open it up to friends of friends.


Blogger Kashmir Hill from True/Slant discovered the change to Mr Zuckerberg’s status which means friends of his friends can see about 300 of his previously private photos and see many more of his status updates.


Initially, Ms Hill believed the change was accidental and Mr Zuckerberg had fallen foul of the complicated rules governing what information is shared and what is public.

But in an update to his personal page Mr Zuckerberg said opening up access was deliberate.

Writing on the page, he said: “For those wondering, I set most of my content on my personal Facebook page to be open so people could see it.”

He added: “I set some of my content to be more private, but I didn’t see a need to limit visibility of pics with my friends, family or my teddy bear :).”

via BBC News – Facebook boss changes privacy settings

That is charitable of Mr. Zuckerberg, but two questions continue to irk:

Why did Zuckerberg not choose the Facebook recommended new default of exposing more information to Everyone?

And if he doesn’t “see a need to limit visibility of pics”, why did his previous settings limit such visibility?

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December 8th, 2009 by ravi

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