Zuckerberg laughs at Facebook's bad privacy record at F8

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg awkwardly laughed at the company's poor privacy track record at the F8 2019 day one keynote.

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Facebook kicked off their F8 developer conference today with a keynote presentation featuring CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The company has been dealing with negative PR stemming from their handling of user data and other privacy snafus for over a year. Despite all the negative headlines, 2.38 billion people use Facebook each month. Those users were given a treat of a bunch of new features and functions being added to the website today. Zuckerberg stressed the importance of privacy at the keynote, but also had an awkward moment where he laughed at the company's exceedingly poor track record. Please take a look.

Facebook recently disclosed that they believe the company will be fined up to $5 billion by the F.T.C. for privacy issues, so this cavalier attitude screams of a company that has become too big for the good of its users. It was even more bizarre for the CEO of the company to preface an hour-long deep dive into new privacy features with an extremely weak joke about their terrible history of mismanaging data. Self-deprecation is fine for a stand-up comedian, but a more honest show of remorse would probably have been a better route for Zuckerberg to go at F8.

That smug billionaire feeling when you can pay a $5 billion privacy fine and not lose any monthly active users.
That smug billionaire feeling when you can pay a $5 billion privacy fine and not lose any monthly active users.

Last year, Facebook revealed that the company knew about massive data breach with third party applications. At the time, Zuckerberg went on an apology tour and was even dragged in front of Congress for a tongue lashing by a bunch of politicians who have no idea how to regulate the social media behemoth. The company has continued to have issues with data security and privacy violations, but today's announcements at F8 were centered around creating new private ways to interact on Facebook and Instagram. "As the world gets bigger and more connected, we need that sense of intimacy more than ever. So that's why I believe that the future is private," said Zuckerberg at the keynote presentation.

Do you care that Facebook continues to abuse their users with horrible security and data privacy management? Do you believe that they can actually turn this negative sentiment around with their pivot to privacy-focused features? Let us know in the comments section and be sure to check out our Oculus Rift S and Quest preorder FAQs in case you missed the release date announcements.

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    April 30, 2019 5:45 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Zuckerberg laughs at Facebook's bad privacy record at F8

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      April 30, 2019 5:51 PM

      Screw Facebook in their ears

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        April 30, 2019 9:07 PM

        He is a terrible public speaker and that’s terrible to see him laughing at this

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      April 30, 2019 6:05 PM

      Why wouldn’t he laugh? We probably don’t even know about the really crazy shit they’ve done.

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        April 30, 2019 6:36 PM

        I would prefer a muahaha as opposed to whatever noises came out of him in that clip.

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        April 30, 2019 6:36 PM

        exactly this. "So you think storing passwords in plaintext is bad? wait until you see the press release we are writing right now for release in Q4, where we stored _all_ user data in plain text stored on FTP servers that were open to the world for 10 years. LOL!!!"

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      April 30, 2019 6:08 PM

      "I'm in the biggest gang you ever saw"

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      April 30, 2019 7:25 PM

      Gross. Bunch of fucking frat boys running that place, and a tool for unfettered cyber warfare. Why do people still use Facebook?

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        April 30, 2019 7:30 PM

        How else would you show the world the exciting life you lead?

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        May 1, 2019 4:40 AM

        Messenger

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        May 1, 2019 5:04 AM

        It's engineered to be as addictive as possible.

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          May 1, 2019 9:08 AM

          It's amazing how sinister the dialog is when you deactivate your account. There are multiple steps and each one you can tell they hired someone to write it to really lay on the guilt trip/self doubt to try and convince people to stay.

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            May 1, 2019 9:15 AM

            In fairness, Amazon does the same thing but worse. You have to get someone on their side to do it for you. There is no process.

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            May 1, 2019 9:29 AM

            like trying to cancel cable!

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        May 1, 2019 5:10 AM

        Because, for a huge number of people, it is the most convenient way possible to keep in touch with friends and family who may be spread out over the globe.

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          May 1, 2019 9:27 AM

          At some point I think you should be ok with sacrificing convenience for certain reasons.

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          May 1, 2019 10:22 AM

          ah yes.. "convenience"

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        May 1, 2019 9:11 AM

        Boomer memes aka the tool of the unfettered cyber warrior

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        May 1, 2019 10:10 AM

        We use it to stay in touch with family several thousand km away. It's actually a fairly useful tool.

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          May 1, 2019 10:22 AM

          there are other ways to do this

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          May 1, 2019 1:00 PM

          fortunately the internet enables this end result with or without facebook

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            May 1, 2019 1:15 PM

            But not to just passively keep to up date. We talk to them occasionally but it's nice to see what they're up to.

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      April 30, 2019 8:58 PM

      I really think his Aspergers prevents him from hitting that comedic timing.

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        May 1, 2019 9:05 AM

        I *just* caught episode 2 of the Aspergers Comedy Tour (HBO - funded by the Duplass Bros). The behind the scenes stuff is more interesting than their actual comedy, but they did a Q&A with audience members, some of whom have kids with Aspergers, and that put some real dust in my air, or maybe that's just my forehead sweat dripping down.

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      May 1, 2019 10:19 AM

      Can't wait for the sequel to the Social Network.

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      May 1, 2019 12:58 PM

      this is why i really wish people held themselves to higher standards and wouldnt work for them

      theyre shameless