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The scary headlines about Facebook privacy (or lack thereof) seem to have struck a chord with users of the ubiquitous social-networking service, with more than half of users in a recent online survey saying they're poised to bail on Facebook over worries about their private info.Internet security firm Sophos posted the poll (which it acknowledged was unscientific), and its senior technology consultant Graham Cluley reported that of the 1,588 Facebook users who responded, a full 60 percent thought they would "possibly" quit Facebook or were "highly likely" to do so over privacy concerns. Sixteen percent said they'd already nixed their accounts. (Computerworld Philippines reported on Cluley's blog post.)
Zuckerberg is seeking to soften user anger over privacy erosion with an admission that the social networking site has made some mistakes.
Using an op-ed piece in Monday's Washington Post as a soapbox, Zuckerberg has promised to simplify the site's increasingly complex privacy controls and allow users to opt out of third-party services.
"Our intention was to give you lots of granular controls; but that may not have been what many of you wanted," Zuckerberg writes. "We just missed the mark.