FacebookFacebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has sought to support the social network’s recent privacy changes, claiming privacy is no longer a “social norm”.

Speaking to Techcrunch’s Mike Arrington, Zuckerberg harked back to the beginning of Facebook: “When I got started in my dorm room at Harvard, the question a lot of people asked was ‘why would I want to put any information on the Internet at all?’”

Zuckerberg claims that Facebook’s privacy changes are in line with a change in society’s attitudes: “People have gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds but more openly and with more people.”

Zuckerberg himself recently opened up a lot of his own Facebook profile information but while he claims the public’s attitude is similar, there are over 500 groups on Facebook debating the changes.

Facebook’s privacy changes are part of its battle to keep ahead of Twitter which is able to produce a large amount of real-time search information. We explained last week that the new Facebook privacy settings have opened up loopholes to allow anyone to spy on your data.

Do you think Zuckerberg is right about privacy? Or have the changes to Facebook’s privacy settings gone too far? Let us know…

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