Zuckerberg Says Facebook to Add Clear History, Dating Features
With controversy still plaguing Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg announced some changes coming to the social media giant’s platform.
Significant: Facebook is introducing a “clear history” button that lets you wipe the websites you’ve visited / ads you’ve clicked on while logged into Facebook https://t.co/voUH5zFrOw
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) May 1, 2018
Speaking at Facebooks F8 conference, Zuckerberg covered several topics.
“We are all here because we are optimistic about the future,” said Zuckerberg. “We have real challenges to address but we have to keep that sense of optimism too. What I learned this year is we have to take a broader view of our responsibility.”
Zuckerberg called out “Watch Party,” a tool announced in January that lets you watch shows while chatting about them with your Facebook friends.
“Let’s say that your friend is testifying in congress, for example. Now you’re going to be able to bring your friends together and you can laugh together and you can cry together. Some of my friends actually did this! Let’s not do that again anytime soon,” Zuckerberg said.
And Facebook is adding new features for dating, Zuckerberg announced.
“This is going to be for building real long term relationships, not just hookups, it’s going to be in the Facebook app but it’s totally optional. It’s opt in… we have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning… you will only be suggested people who are not your friends.”
Meanwhile, Zuckerberg’s days of answering to government inquiries are far from over:
U.K. officials said Tuesday they will summon Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Parliament the next time he’s in British territory if he does not volunteer to do so.
It would be the first governmental summons for Zuckerberg in the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica data leak and widespread concerns around user privacy.
“It’s worth noting that, while Mr. Zuckerberg does not normally come under the jurisdiction of the UK Parliament, he will do so the next time he enters the country,” Damian Collins, a Conservative member of Parliament, wrote in a letter published Tuesday.
“There are over 40 million Facebook users in the UK and they deserve to hear accurate answers from the company he created and whether it is able to keep their users’ data safe,” Collins wrote.
Facebook’s current PR troubles seem to be far from over.
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