Facebook CEO Says “Social Norms” of Privacy are Changing

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerman made comments that could be seen as troubling to Internet privacy advocates. During an interview with Michael Arrington of TechCrunch.com during the site’s Crunchie Awards presentation, Zuckerman suggested that people’s expectations for privacy are shrinking as they become more heavily involved in social media.

“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’s evolved over time,” Zuckerberg said. “We view it as our role in the system to constantly be innovating and be updating what our system is to reflect what the current social norms are.”

Zuckerman’s comments run contrary to the recent problems Facebook has had with privacy issues in recent years. The site’s most recent privacy policy change angered many users by making potentially sensitive, private information open to the public by default.

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