It isn’t ever a good time to have a youthful indiscretion pop up into your adult life. We all do and say stupid things when we’re young, but when you’re the face behind what was once a fledgling social network run out of a dorm room, responsible for the privacy and security of user data, is it ever a good idea to refer to them as, and excuse our language, “dumb fucks”?
Business Insider has published a instant message conversation that an unnamed source had with a then 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg shortly after he launched Facebook from his dorm room at Harvard.
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 fucks.
While this would normally just be kind of a “ha ha, what an ass”-type piece of information, in the light of all the talk about privacy concerns currently at the company with personalization at sites, more information being made public and so on, it does give you some pause.
Is this the first inklings that Mr. Zuckerberg has never cared about your privacy? This does come from an unnamed source, and Facebook has declined to comment on it, so you have to take this with a large grain of salt. If it is true however, it is worrisome. Even to joke about how people “trust (him)”, and boast about how he could give a friend info on any of the original members of the networks leaves a lot of questions about ethics.
So, what is it? Does Facebook, i.e. Zuckerberg, care about our privacy or not? Or does he see us all as “dumb fucks” who hand over all of our information to him and his cronies, and he can do with it as he pleases? Yes, Mr. Zuckerberg will be 26-years-old this weekend, but with all of the recent activities of his company, why should we believe that the zebra has changed its stripes?