Zuckerberg kicks off Facebook conference, offers no apology

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"This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not just hook-ups", Zuckerberg said in presenting the new feature, noting that one in three marriages in the United States start online - and that some 200 million Facebook users identify as being single.

Geoff Blaber, vice president of research and market analysis firm CCS Insight, says that by leading off the conference with a focus on security and privacy, but pledging the only way to overcome those challenges is to continue to build services, Zuckerberg successfully "walked the tightrope".

Facebook has admitted up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked in the scandal, which saw Zuckerberg grilled at length by the US Congress last month.

He will deliver the opening keynote at the company's F8 developer conference in California, the annual event that brings together developers and engineers who work with the social network giant.

Zuckerberg then vowed to "keep building", and reiterated that Facebook is investing a lot in security and in strengthening its systems so they can't be exploited to meddle with elections, including the US midterms later this year.

"We need to make sure that never happens again", Zuckerberg told the audience. Facebook has in the past asked developers to build augmented-reality tools for other parts of its business, like the short ephemeral videos that compete with Snapchat Stories. His presentation also marked a major change for the company, which seems relieved to be largely done with the damage control that has preoccupied it for the past six weeks.

As for privacy, Zuckerberg stressed it was designed with privacy in mind.

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Zuckerberg also took mercy on Facebook app developers, who have had to cope with reduced access to data and a suspension of app approvals. Then Zuckerberg returned to techno-enthusiasm mode.

On Tuesday, CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg said the company is adding a new privacy feature that lets you clear your browsing history on Facebook, including what you've clicked on and which websites you've gone to.

Zuckerberg also said the dating feature will not suggests users' friends to date.

The social network has already moved to limit the amount of data it shares with third-party applications and plans further steps to prevent a repeat of the Cambridge Analytica debacle, Zuckerberg said.

While the firestorm over the data privacy scandal has subsided for the most part, Facebook, Inc.

He said it would be created to build "meaningful, long-term relationships", rather than "just for hook-ups", citing the "200 million people on Facebook that list themselves as single" as evidence of potential demand for the new feature.

Unlike the Oculus Rift, a $399 VR device that must be tethered to a personal computer, the Oculus Go is portable.

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