Zuckerberg Issues Self-Deprecating Jokes Instead of Apology at Conference

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his company's annual developer conference this morning acknowledging that 2018 has been "intense" for the company, then made a few product announcements before poking some fun at himself.

In response to calls for better privacy and security, he said developers are working on a feature that allows users to clear their browsing history from the site and prevent it from keeping tabs on link clicks going forward.T he feature would be similar to clearing cookies from a browser.

Zuckerberg said the goal is to put more power into its users' hands to determine what information they want to share. Zuckerberg also said the company will be launching a dating feature, saying the new tool is "not just for hookups" but to build "meaningful, long-term relationships."

He said Facebook will begin selling a portable virtual reality headset called the Oculus Go, for $199. Zuckerberg said it's different from other virtual reality devices that require smartphones, or a cord tethered to a personal computer, but didn't elaborate.  

Zuckerberg poked a little fun at himself talking about a new feature called Watch Party, which lets Facebook users view videos together with their friends.

"Let's say that your friend is testifying before Congress," he said. "Now, you'll be able to bring your friends together, laugh together, cry together."

Last month Zuckerberg testified before Congress for two days and was grilled about how Facebook protects users' data and other issues.

Material from The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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