Facebook CEO: People Who Trust Me Are "Dumb F*cks"

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Facebook CEO: People Who Trust Me Are "Dumb F*cks"

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An old and awkwardly-honest exchange of IMs between Mark Zuckerberg and a college friend has the Facebook founder and CEO taking new heat about his famously dismissive attitude toward privacy.

We all say stupid things when we're young. And we're all very glad when, years later, everybody's forgotten about them and moved on to more immediate concerns. But we don't all grow up to be Mark Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook while in college and presided over its growth into a multi-billion-dollar operation. So while most of us can rely on the tender mercies of time to blunt our youthful missteps, Zuckerberg isn't so lucky.

Zuckerberg is famous for his cavalier attitude toward privacy. He said earlier this year that the conventional concept of privacy is no longer a "social norm" and in April a Facebook employee claimed that his boss simply "doesn't believe in" it. It's not an entirely unreasonable attitude to take in this day and age, but an exchange of instant messages between Zuckerberg and a college friend from back in the earliest days of Facebook may be a bit more telling and a lot harder to rationalize.

Zuckerberg: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuckerberg: Just ask.

Zuckerberg: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?

Zuckerberg: People just submitted it.

Zuckerberg: I don't know why.

Zuckerberg: They "trust me"

Zuckerberg: Dumb f*cks.

Oh, the bitter sting of irony. It burns! It's an old conversation, sure, but not that old: Zuckerberg is only 25, after all. And even though this should probably be filed under "youthful indiscretion," appearances matter and this looks like nothing so much as an affirmation of Zuckerberg's complete indifference toward the personal privacy of other people. With Facebook increasingly coming under fire for its "inconsistent" approach to users' privacy, this sort of public relations debacle, fair or not, is the last thing Zuckerberg needs.

Source: Business Insider

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Honesty... seriously refreshing!

Ladies and gentlmen of facebook, this is the man your trusting with your personal information.

Please think about that for a while.

Is this guy an idiot, or what?
This shit is going to come back and bite him in the ass, and I'll be there to laugh at him when it does.

I eternally regret joining Facebook, because there's no way off.

Thankfully, I don't have any private information that could be used against me on there, but still, it's a blight.

Lol, he called his users the "Dumb ****s". lol, PR Nightmare FTW.

Sir Kemper:
Ladies and gentlmen of facebook, this is the man your trusting with your personal information.

Please think about that for a while.

Yeah... I knew about this sort of bullshit when I signed up... but... its still a good way to keep in touch with friends (met them in real life long before I ever got a facebook account) that live thousands of miles away now.

Good thing I never really post that much info on my profile anyway.

Ah HA! Now who's the Idiot for not liking Facebook! I only joined so i could go on Duke's Facebook.

Calumon: So... Formspring is next?

And with that, so is all my information deleted from facebook.

-m

Damn. Why didn't I hear about this earlier today. I had an exam about trusting companies like Facebook with personal information. "Dumb Fucks" would be an excellent quote to use.

I like him.

That's what I'd do. I'd sell info for money.

That's what the Escapist does, too, isn't it?

If anyone makes a Facebook, they'd be idiots if they expected privacy.

What's an SNS number?

Furburt:
Thankfully, I don't have any private information that could be used against me on there

Same here. I don't post anything but a few pics of me and some song lyrics as my status.

Well, at least he can admit it! Trust me, that's the first step towards recovery.

Well if there is ever an issue at harvard about security or blackmail we now have a suspect. That was a very dumb move for him, do you think we can pin any ID theft on him? That statment could be proof that he has or will endanger people's identity, ID theft is a big thing. A small investigation on the whole organization would be fun, think of what we could find!

-2fish

lol, that's actually hilarious.. While I think that anything you submit to Facebook is fairgame (really, I'm not that naive to think that they won't sell my information to people), but the fact that the CEO will personally go through facebook entries on a personal request of a friend is kind of shitty.

Don't really care anyway though, but it's still funny.

Matt_LRR:
And with that, so is all my information deleted from facebook.

-m

Sadly, that means fuck all. Facebook are notorious for holding your personal info, even if you've deleted it.

That's a nice change of pace, seriously.

And I wonder about the e-mails and such, sounds very shady. I swear.

danpascooch:
If anyone makes a Facebook, they'd be idiots if they expected privacy.

What's an SNS number?

text-messaging is generally done through SNS.

not sure what it stands for, or even what it means

To be completely honest; this will have no bearing on the core of the Facebook consumers.

He could put a banner on each person's page stating that any information in their profiles he can and will submit to Cometomyhouseandburnmerepeatedly.com and he'd only lose 5% attachment.

And 3% would come crawling back within a week.

Let this asshole go to jail, says i

Zuckerberg? Anyone else notice the influx of silly surnames lately?

Not surprising, looking at the amount of scams on FB.

Furburt:

Matt_LRR:
And with that, so is all my information deleted from facebook.

-m

Sadly, that means fuck all. Facebook are notorious for holding your personal info, even if you've deleted it.

granted, but there are processes by which you are able to formally and finally delete your profile.

That said, I can't do that :\

-m

Also, apps you allow can view your personal data.
So if you don't want Zynga to see everything about you, you shouldn't allow their games.

Brad Shepard:
Let this asshole go to jail, says i

I'm sure it would have happened already if there was any legal ground to stand on. There's bound to be something about this in the EULA that you "sign" to Facebook when you start allowing him freedom with your information.

I agree though send this idiot away, if not to jail, then replace him with someone who has more than 3 braincells.

Who knew that posting personal information online could ever end poorly. . .

The thing I've never really understood, speaking of irony, is that if people want to keep shit private, why are they putting it on Facebook in the first place? Or anywhere on the internet, for that matter?

Maybe I'm too old to be hip to "nu-privacy," but it seems to me that if you want to keep something to yourself, you keep it to yourself.

youthful indiscretion? it's not like he was a working in some shitty bar when he sent those messages he was already running facebook.

If he started with that attitude he's not going to change very quickly unless forced to and the way facebook is currently run I don't think that's ever happened.

Fortunately I don't trust any fecker and my profile is a pile of nonsense barring my name, although I suppose you could mine my friends accounts to get info on me.

Oh, My God, I am nearly out of my chair laughing at that. I think I am going to show this to everyone I know.

Stupid F*cks indeed :)

Matt_LRR:

granted, but there are processes by which you are able to formally and finally delete your profile.

That said, I can't do that :\

-m

Yes, here they are:

http://www.wikihow.com/Permanently-Delete-a-Facebook-Account

Difficult enough.

In the meantime, I'd just avoid putting anything personal at all up there.

Furburt:

Matt_LRR:

granted, but there are processes by which you are able to formally and finally delete your profile.

That said, I can't do that :\

-m

Yes, here they are:

http://www.wikihow.com/Permanently-Delete-a-Facebook-Account

Difficult enough.

In the meantime, I'd just avoid putting anything personal at all up there.

unfortunately, in order to be able to modify the LRR facebook page, I have to keep my account. :\

But I'm certainly not inclined to leave everything up that is. Man I wish Facebook was still a social network and photosharing service, and not pure evil in a can.

-m

Further evidence to use when annoying people tell me I should "totally be on Facebook", yay! Though to be honest it's not so much that I'm an extremely private person leery of personal details floating around and more that I think the whole exercise is pointless and somewhat narcissistic.

"Pulls out bucket of popcorn"
Who wants to join me in watching the train wreck that occurs because of this? Anyone here heard of Gerald Ratner? He owned a massive jewellery company and when asked how he sold so much merchandise so cheaply he said jokingly "Because it's crap". His business went bankrupt soon after. The first rule of a good business is NEVER insult you're customers, jokingly or not.

This is why I changed my profile picture to an awesome face and deleted all the info. about me on it.

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