THE growing unease regarding Facebook's perceived lack of privacy protection hasn't been helped by a leak from one of founder Mark Zuckerberg's uni mates.
Zuckerberg launched "Thefacebook" on campus as a 19-year-old Harvard University student.
According to a post on BusinessInsider today, the following is an IM conversation between Zuckerberg and a friend shortly after it was launched:
Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask.
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don't know why.
Zuck: They "trust me"
Zuck: Dumb f..ks.
Facebook moved quickly to address the posts. While it didn't confirm the alleged conversation, it didn't dispute it either, only saying that it wasn't going to address "dated allegations that attempt to characterize Mark's and Facebook's views towards privacy".
"The privacy and security of our users’ information is of paramount importance to us," it told the San Francisco Chronicle.
"Everyone within the company understands our success is inextricably linked with people's trust in the company and the service we provide. We are grateful people continue to place their trust in us.
"We strive to earn that trust by trying to be open and direct about the evolution of the service and sharing information on how the 400 million people on the service can use the available settings to control where their information appears."
news.com.au 14 May 2010
This is what Mark Zuckerberg really thinks of YOU (his facebook) users.
Nothing more needs to be really said.
Just another tool that people willing put informationm into that can (is) ultimately used against them by authorities.