Facebook Execs Defend Changes as D.C. Eyes Privacy Regulations

Facebook executives defended recent changes to the social-networking site that have upset some users and privacy advocates, telling reporters Wednesday that Facebook users simply need time to get used to the changes.

“We believe as users get more familiar with these tools and as we continue to educate them … the new features we’ve offered and the tools that users have to engage with them, will be embraced even more,” said Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president of global communications and public policy, on a call with reporters.

The call was set up by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who couldn’t talk much during a planned press luncheon in Washington last week after losing her voice. (She also didn’t say much on the press call Wednesday, as Mr. Schrage leaped in to answer most of the questions.)

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