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Mark Zuckerberg Says Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! Collect More User Information than Facebook

Facebook co-founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg has claimed that Microsoft and other internet companies collect user information without them finding out.

According to Seattle Times (opens in new tab), the young billionaire made the comments on the Charlie Rose talk show on PBS, in which he was accompanied by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.

During the much watched talk show, Zuckerberg and his colleague delved into every topic imaginable, from internet censorship laws in China to the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Facebook has been criticised for its dubious privacy policies in the past but Zuckerberg chose to brush off these claims by saying that other internet companies did the same.

"It's just that they're collecting that about you behind your back. You're going around the Web and they're collecting this huge amount of information about you and you never know that," he said, claiming that Google, Yahoo and Microsoft collected a lot more user information that Facebook.

In fact, he went on to say that Facebook is better at user information handling because if offered users more control over their content and privacy.

"I think it's really about control. The real question for me is do people have the tools that they need in order to make those decisions well?" Zuckerberg commented on Facebook's privacy policies.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.