The raging controversy over Facebook and its attitude toward user privacy isn’t going to go away any time soon.
That’s especially true now that some harsh, recently-uncovered instant messages from a then-19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, have hit the web.
Just how does Mark feel about user privacy?
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
[Redacted 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.
Ouch. Really, Mark? Is that what privacy means to you?
Was this just a college kid posturing for one of his buddies? Probably, but early Facebook engineering chief and Harvard alumnus Charlie Cheever seems to agree in David Kirkpatrick’s upcoming book “The Facebook Effect“.
“I feel Mark doesn’t believe in privacy that much, or at least believes in privacy as a stepping stone. Maybe he’s right, maybe he’s wrong.”
How about that? Maybe resistance really IS futile.