Zuckerberg Defends Privacy Changes While Diaspora Raises $200,000

Lora Bentley
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If Facebook can remember these five facts about user privacy, its headaches may begin to fade.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is still trying to reassure users (and perhaps convince regulators?) that the company is serious about giving users control over their information on the social-networking site. He spoke at the D8: All Things Digital conference Wednesday, reminding audience members that a team of engineers worked nonstop for two weeks so the company could make new privacy controls available to users.


He also "expressed regret" over his behavior in the early days of Facebook's existence, The Wall Street Journal reports. Like hacking into Harvard computer networks or launching his own site after telling classmates he would help with theirs. He said:

When I was 18 or 19 years old, I did some things that were pretty stupid.

Zuckerberg's public speaking and press engagements have increased in the days since users, regulators and privacy advocates rose up against Facebook's previous privacy changes, including the addition of an "instant personalization" feature by which third-party websites have access to Facebook user information, with which they can then make the user's experience on the third-party sites more personal. Most critics were (and still are, for that matter) concerned that users must opt out of the program to prevent their information from being shared, rather than opting in if they choose to participate.


While Facebook and Zuckerberg continue to weather the storm created by the constant tweaking of the social network's privacy controls, other entrepreneurs are stepping up to fill the void that many Facebook users are feeling. Diaspora is just one of them. The startup, which began with four college students in New York, has been fully funded. The project to create a "privacy-aware, personally-controlled social network" received more than $200,000 from 6,500 people, according to BBC News.

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