Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Mark Zuckerberg pledges Facebook will put 'people first,' avoid past mistakes

Mark Zuckerberg pledges Facebook will put 'people first,' avoid past mistakes

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg struck a defiant tone during his opening keynote for the company's f8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, assuring developers that the company wasn't slowing down.

Mr Zuckerberg said the app was for real relationships, "not hook-ups".

"We will start with information... web sites and applications that make use of advertising and Analytics tools Facebook".

Facebook, which is rolling out Clear History amid the Cambridge Analytica flap as well as Zuckerberg's hearings before Congress, did note that Clear History is similar to deleting cookies from your browser.

Meanwhile, the British Parliament on Tuesday sent a letter to Facebook, once again, asking CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify as part of its probe into fake news and disinformation on the platform, and they are not playing around this time. In fact, after weeks of saying he's sorry to users and lawmakers alike, Zuckerberg did not apologize to the app developers in attendance at F8.

"I know it hasn't been easy being a developer these past couple of months", said Zuckerberg.


The Facebook CEO, who sported a blue long-sleeved shirt and dark trousers, appeared more relaxed addressing app developers than Congress in suit and tie, energetically skipping from one product announcement to the next, while cracking jokes and grinning at shout-outs.

More details about the new dating app-esque feature will come closer to its launch, the company said.

It's a tricky balancing act that Facebook is playing as it continues to build products that are powered by people's personal data.

Oculus Go costs £199 and has more than 1,000 games, apps and experiences available, all the while being usable completely wirelessly, with screen and computing power built directly into the headset.

At F8 this year, Treu expects lots of questions about the future of Facebook's relationship with developers.

If you clear your history or use the new setting, we'll remove identifying information so a history of the websites and apps you've used won't be associated with your account.


He also reiterated the company's goals following its data hack scandal and role in Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Spaces was announced with support for the Oculus Rift VR headset; owners of the HTC Vive headset gained Facebook Spaces compatibility in December.

"We will make mistakes, and they will have consequences, and we will need to fix them", he said.

Spaces includes some unique features not found on traditional Facebook.

He also said that the company was slow to identify the ways Russian Federation had used the platform to interfere in the 2016 elections, but that his team would never be unprepared again.


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