Facebook CEO Defends Privacy Changes

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has defended the privacy settings of his website, claiming that they were necessary to cope with the increasing number of application on the platform.

Speaking at the 'All Things Digital' D8, Zuckerberg said: "Privacy is a really important issue for us and for the Internet," adding: "We will continue to make the right changes, even if some of them are controversial."

He stated that the changes had come about because people use Facebook to share information and to stay connected with each other.

Zuckerberg went on to clarify: "There are some misperceptions that we want to make all information open and that's completely false."

The Facebook founder assured users that phone numbers, addresses and posts on their Facebook wall would still be designed to be seen by friends only.

When asked about 'Instant Personalisation', Zukerberg responded by saying that the platform is very people-centric, and with nearly 20,000 different sites using Facebook plug-ins, Instant Personalisation would allow other sites to view what users make public.