Zuckerberg, of course, spent the past year facing intense criticism for failing to prevent Russian entities from spreading propaganda on the social network. And though Facebook counts its users in the billions, the number of people who own VR headsets is much more modest.
Zuckerberg compared the new tool to deleting cookies on your web browser.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears to be striking the right tone at the f8 developer conference - a mix of humor, seriousness and grit that is giving industry analysts some confidence he can navigate the company out of its latest privacy scandal.
Taking on a more somber and forceful tone than in previous years, Zuckerberg on Tuesday tried to bolster Facebook's commitment to privacy and building community.
Bumble and Match Group have been engaged in a very public legal battle in recent weeks.
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WhatsApp uses encryption technology that makes messages indecipherable to everyone but the sender and recipient. Besides, Koum is also stepping down as Facebook's board of directors, which comes as surprise.
But, these new tools-especially a service for dating, in which people can be at their most vulnerable with one another-come at a precarious time for Facebook. Zuckerberg said WhatsApp will also be getting a group video-calling feature soon.
Zuckerberg said he felt deleting this information would make for a poorer experience, but that it was important for users to have better control. About 5,000 developers are expected to attend.
It's been nearly a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it's been an unbelievable journey with some of the best... "We're surprised at the timing given the amount of personal and sensitive data that comes with this territory". You may have to sign back into dozens of websites, you may have to reconfigure some things.
Ime Archibong, Facebook's head of platform, said the process will be slightly stricter going forward. And it's not going to get any easier as Facebook continues to forge ahead-no matter how optimistic Zuckerberg is about Facebook's future.
There was no mention of a "Facebook Analytics" app that showed up in app stores before the conference began this morning, as reported by TechCrunch.
Facebook's F8 is a two-day conference that includes several panels, all focusing on topics relevant to Facebook's developer base.
"We need to make sure that never happens again", Zuckerberg told the audience packed with software developers, as he underscored the firm's commitment to boosting privacy protections.