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Facebook CEO: It's Not Us, It's Them

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - Facebook isn't violating your privacy -- Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are.

That was the message from Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO who has consistently faced criticism over his site's privacy practices, during an interview with Charlie Rose.

Facebook's way of handling its users' personal information has brought the company crosswise with lawmakers in the United States, Europe and South Korea; prompted Facebook boycotts; and even inspired one photographer to stalk Zuckerberg and snap photos of him in the name of "turning the tables" on the entrepreneur.

Yet Zuckerberg argued that Facebook is far more privacy-friendly than other web behemoths, who are less transparent about the data they collect and how they use it. The Facebook co-founder called out Microsoft by name as one company violating users' privacy, though Microsoft was an early investor in the company and owns a fraction of the social network.

"If you look at companies, whether it's Google or Yahoo! or Microsoft, right, that have search engines and ad networks, they also have a huge amount of information about you. It's just that they're collecting that about you behind your back, really," Zuckerberg said, according to a transcript of the interview, which airs November 7. " And it's like you're going -- you're going around the web, and they have cookies, and they're collecting this huge amount of information about who you are. But you never know that."

Zuckerberg maintained that Facebook collects only the information a user chooses to share with the social network, whereas Google and other internet companies silently compile data about individuals as these users browse the web. These firms are the real threat, but Facebook "appears scarier" because it is more transparent in how it displays what its users have shared, Zuckerberg argued.

"[T]he people have little or no control over the information that a company like Google or Yahoo! or Microsoft has about you," said Zuckerberg. "I think that these companies with those big ad networks are basically getting away with collecting huge amounts of information, likely way more information than people are sharing on Facebook about themselves...[I]n reality, you have control over every single thing that you've shared on Facebook." Click here to read more

 

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