Privacy, No Longer An Issue Says Facebook's Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of the popular social networking site Facebook, claimed that privacy was no longer a ‘social norm’ and most people using social media services had no ‘expectation of privacy.’

Commenting on the latest privacy settings update by Facebook that apparently encouraged users to allow their personal information to be viewed publicly, he said that “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.”

The 25 year old who started Facebook from his Harvard dorm room and was talking at the Crunchies Awards in San Francisco, claimed that one of Facebook’s most important roles was to find out the prevailing social norms of the society in which it functions and added that if he were to create Facebook from scratch, then privacy won’t be such a factor in Facebook.

Zuckerberg also stated that it was vital for Facebook to keep ‘a beginners' mind’ and what would they do if they had just started the company. He said that this kind of philosophy helped the company to establish the current social norms and work around them.

Facebook, which started out as a social network for Ivy-league students only, has gained immense popularity in the past few years and has over 350 million users across the world.

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So could Zuckerberg be the hidden, illegitimate son of Scott McNealy, the then flamboyant chief executive of Sun Microsystems who said, back in 1999, that "privacy is dead, get over it"? The founder of Facebook is not far from uttering the same words, but then, things have changed a lot over the last 11 years.

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