CEO and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, appeared on the TODAY show with Meredith Vieira yesterday. The goal of the interview was to clear up controversy surrounding a change of their terms of service last week. The change claimed ownership of members’ personal data and postings, even after they cancel their Facebook memberships.
“Frankly, we made a mistake in the last version and issued some unclear language,” Zuckerberg told Lauer. “Our intent is that people own their own information. One of the things that makes Facebook really special is it’s a service that people are using to put up information that they want to share with people that often is very personal, private, intimate.”
If a member decides to leave Facebook and takes down his or her page, he added, “None of that information will be shared with anyone going forward.”
Chalk up one for the good guys.
Finally! After years of imposing draconian applications, advertising trackers and layout designs on Facebook users, the superpower of social networking will finally let us have our say, according to The Wall Street Journal tech blog.
Starting this week, Facebook users can vote on two new applications. One lets you pass a greeting card around to all your friends to “sign.” How about that group “Feel Better From Your Hangover Soon” card you always wanted to send? The other ap is a personalized news service that creepily predicts what kind of news you’ll like. What about predicting what we won’t like? Now there’s a push for a real informed public.
The voting application itself is a hidden advertisement for the company that built it, a clever way Facebook is trying to stir the inner consumer Facebook users.
Oh, Dobbs Ferry kid Mark Zuckerberg, you were so much dreamier when you were just the nerdy guy in the dorm who could supp up a Commodore computer.
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