If Only Mark Zuckerberg Would Listen to Himself

The May 31st Time magazine cover story is on Facebook and privacy. It is pretty much a straight recap of recent privacy issues and debacles surrounding the social networking company. Nothing all that new.

But one passage caught my eye (emphasis added):

Zuckerberg believes that most people want to share more about themselves online. He’s almost paternalistic in describing the trend. “The way that people think about privacy is changing a bit,” he says. “What people want isn’t complete privacy. It isn’t that they want secrecy. It’s that they want control over what they share and what they don’t.

Zuckerberg is right. People do want control over what they share and what they don’t.

The problem is, of course, that Facebook has continuously decreased the amount of control that people have. Like some of his colleagues, Zuckerberg must be blind to this basic fact, outlined in the simplest of way by the EFF and others.

It’s really a shame Zuckerberg doesn’t listen to himself.

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