Facebook faces up to privacy issues

Social media giant in spotlight as data scandal sparks concerns over sharing of information

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing in Washington last week. Mr Zuckerberg acknowledged Facebook had not done enough to protect private user data, but he also defended its opt-in provisions, which left it to users to decide what dat
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing in Washington last week. Mr Zuckerberg acknowledged Facebook had not done enough to protect private user data, but he also defended its opt-in provisions, which left it to users to decide what data they wished to share.PHOTO: NYTIMES

Mr Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook chief, tech billionaire and social media mogul, likes his privacy as much as the next person.

For instance, he would not want the entire world to know the name of the hotel he was staying at while in Washington, DC to testify before committees of the Senate and the House last week.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'Facebook faces up to privacy issues'. Subscribe