Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg responded to the barrage of criticism in a letter published in Washington Post, "Facebook has evolved from a simple dorm-room project to a global social network connecting more than 400 million people. We'll keep building, we'll keep listening and we'll continue to have dialogue with everyone who cares enough about Facebook to share their ideas. And we'll keep focused on achieving our mission of giving people 'the power to share and making world more open and connected'.
People want to share and stay connected. If we give people control over what they share, they'll want to share more. If people share more, world will become more open and connected. And a world that's more open and connected is a better world. In coming weeks, we'll add privacy controls that're much simpler to use. And also an easy way to 'turn off all 3rd-party services'. We hope you'll be pleased with the result of our work and, as always," said Zuckerberg.