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Facebook Zuckerberg lets it all hang out with goats and teddy bears

After Facebook’s controversial changes to its privacy policies, founder Mark Zuckerberg today tried to allay concerns by putting his own page out there. And what does the world now know about Zuckerberg, the young Harvard grad and Internet phenom? He roasts goats (literally, with a pit and all), he’s a prep school grad, and he likes to snuggle with his teddy bear.

Zuckerberg made his own Facebook profile open – that means anyone on the Web can track down his profile picture and information on his birthday, education and gender. His hundreds of photos were opened to anyone on the Facebook network. And the identities of his 900-plus friends were also revealed. On Dec. 5, he commented on a newslink by Washington Post Co. chairman and chief executive Donald E. Graham, who is a board member of Facebook.

He explained earlier today, on his wall, why he did that:

“For those wondering, I set most of my content to be open so people could see it. I set some of my content to be more private, but I didn't see a need to limit visibility of pics with my friends, family or my teddy bear :)”

The move follows a backlash by users earlier this week after the company announced new privacy settings that would allow users more options for how much information is distributed about them and to whom. Users can set boundaries on who sees their status updates and profile information, and those two settings can be different.

The problem public interest groups raised is that the company was also recommending users make more information available. And Facebook changed privacy options for some features that could let anyone on the Web access profile information about a user – including his or her name, age, gender and education.

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 11, 2009; 3:36 PM ET
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