Facebook F8 conference boosts new tech, tools for users

Zuckerberg vowed to better safeguard data privacy.

Melony Roy
May 01, 2018 - 6:44 pm
 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg welcomes app developers to the Facebook F8 2018 developer conference.

Jefferson Graham-USA TODAY

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (KYW Newsradio)F8, Facebook's annual developer conference, showcases the social media giant's latest technology and gives its users a sneak peek of what's next. 

"Welcome to F8, this has been an intense year," said CEO Mark Zuckerberg in front of thousands in Silicon Valley.

Even amid recent controversy, the annual event gave the social media juggernaut a chance to explain what comes after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

"What I've learned this year is that we need to take a broader view of our responsibility," Zuckerberg said. "It's not enough to build powerful tools. We need to make sure they are used for good, and we will." 

Zuckerberg admitted he dropped the ball on Russian election meddling during the 2016 presidential election, conceding, "we were slow to identify Russian interference." 

In the future, Zuckerberg vowed to better protect election integrity, safeguard data privacy and fight fake news. But he acknowledged that won't be easy. 

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"Now there's no guarantee that we will get this right. This is hard stuff," he added. "We will make mistakes and they will have consequences, and we will need to fix them."  

Ahead of the conference, Zuckerberg announced on Facebook a new privacy control called "Clear History," which will allow users to delete data from their accounts. 

That option will impact the more than 2.2 billion people who use Facebook each month, according to last month's earning call. More than 1.4 billion people use it daily.

"So if you believe like I do that giving people a voice is important, that building relationships is important, that creating a sense of community is important, and that doing the hard work of trying to bring the world closer together is important, then I say this we will keep building," he said.