Monday, May 24, 2010

What Facebook does when something's rotten | The Social - CNET News

I suspect that all will be forgiven, for most Facebook users, if Facebook follows through in a timely manner and stops jerking its users around on privacy policy and controls

Facebook is now approaching half a billion active users, making it more populous than every country on Earth except for India and China. So what's a global superpower to do when it looks, more than ever, like it's run by a young monarch with little regard for his subjects? It's the oldest trick in the book: Paint the awkward 26-year-old as a fallible boy-king instead. He's not a conniving conqueror of user privacy, the company wants us to understand, he's the dauphin on the eve of battle. That's the image that Facebook put forward Monday in a Washington Post op-ed authored by Zuckerberg about the company's recent product changes that ignited a firestorm of user unrest over the state of private user data.

Either way, he's still extraordinarily powerful.

What Facebook does when something's rotten | The Social - CNET News

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