Facebook founder answers privacy questions

Mark Zuckerberg's appearance at the D8 technology conference was met with a mixed reception yesterday as the Facebook founder and CEO spoke about the recent criticism surrounding the social networking site.

Zuckerberg, talking to the crowd at the Los Angeles event, argued the site was acting on feedback from its users after it rolled out a simplified privacy system.

"How the system is set up is a really important part for how it functions," he said.

"Making these products that people can share and that people can control and that are simple to do both is this balance," Zuckerberg added.

Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in 2004, spoke about the steps Facebook had taken to protect user privacy, Indeed, the site launched a new interface last week, offering users a simpler way to adjust what information they share with friends on the site.

However, Zuckerberg's appearance was met with a varied response with a number of blogs criticising his responses to the crowd's questions.

"The Facebook CEO appeared to be doing his best to avoid candid and direct responses during the interview," wrote PC World's Ian Paul.

"Watching Zuckerberg ramble on during video excerpts from the interview, I felt like I was watching the young CEO collapse under intense questioning on Meet the Press," Paul continued.

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