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Mark Zuckerberg Answers Our Privacy Concerns

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come out of hiding with a public statement in the Washington Post today to dispel concerns over privacy abuse allegations.

The following is a quote from his article:

Here are the principles under which Facebook operates:

  • You have control over how your information is shared.
  • We do not share your personal information with people or services you don’t want.
  • We do not give advertisers access to your personal information.
  • We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone.

That’s quite a double-take from a young man who not long ago said he doesn’t believe in privacy. So what can we conclude from all this hocus pocus?

I’m not sure if I buy his story but I consider myself a fair man so I thought I would throw him a bone or two and let you be the judge. Either…

  1. All of the reports that we’ve been hearing are completely bogus .. OR;
  2. Zuckerberg is now a born-again Christian and had a complete change of heart .. OR;
  3. He’s just been pretending to be a bad guy and playing with our head (April Fools) .. OR;
  4. He’s trying to prove the old adage that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely .. OR;
  5. He’s a pathological liar trying to lull us into false sense of security so he can change his mind later (again) .. OR;
  6. We’re delusional nincompoops and have been imagining things all along.

Which is it?

Written May 24th, 2010 by | 29 Comments | Filed under: Featured Tips, Social Media Tips

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  1. Every step Facebook makes, I take a step back from them lol Soon I will be gone from FB liek I am from Myspace.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 12:32 pm said...

    @John Paul Aguiar, MySpace who? ;-)

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    Reply by: John Paul Aguiar at 1:06 pm said...

    @BLOGBloke, exactly..lol

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  2. Quote from “Fracas”:

    I’ll tweet until you’re sick of me, but facebook is just annoying. Seriously. I’ve never quite been able to put a finger on why I’ve never been into the whole facebook thing, but if it’s anything, it might be because Zuckerberg reminds me of someone that still needs to be babysat; a spoiled little shit who can’t decide if he wants chocolate or caramel on his ice cream… sprinkles or nuts.

    http://fracas.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/top-5-things-fracas-doesnt-give-a-blank-about/

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 12:34 pm said...

    @Jaffer, I prefer nuts on my Facebook … love the quote :-)

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  3. Nice step by Mr.Zuckenberg. If he has take any action for religion torture of Muslims..

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  4. Well as you asked… here’s my honest answer,

    - I don’t know.

    And slowly I’m beginning not to care. Perhaps this whole episode has been one of the best subliminal marketing campaigns in the history of the internet. Think about it. Everyday in Internetland millions of comments and pages are being dedicated to the keyword Facebook. Is this guy clever or what!

    So now he rolls over and plays good guy, changes a few settings and in between has netted another 250,000 new accounts, while perhaps losing 20,000 along the way - not a bad win.

    Personally, I try to think good of everyone, try to believe that even Mr Zuckerberg is thinking good thoughts and trying his best to be a good guy. That’s why I’m still feeding into FB. If I want to communicate with friends or family I use a private blog, a phone or Skype - but maybe I’m just old fashioned.

    Regarding privacy settings, I’ve reduced all private content to zero and use FB now for business only, so in one respect, yes he’s lost my confidence. Do I like the FB platform, yeah, it’s pretty damn good, especially when consider how young it is and how many users are hammering it daily.

    I’ve said it before, I’m sitting on the fence like a ally cat watching events unfold. FB have already collected five years of data from me, so there’s not much I can do about that. The possible launch of an ‘open social’ platform sounds interesting so keeping an eye on developments there too.

    Hope that kind of answers your question…

    @Jaffer - I prefer sprinkles on my Facebook.

    PS… I’ve been on my soapbox today regarding Internet Addiction, if you get a chance would be interested to hear your thoughts on it (http://bit.ly/cQD44v) Take care, Paul.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 5:45 pm said...

    @Paul Simbeck-Hampson, I’m sure most Facebook users are riding the fence like yourself and I’ve also thought of the publicity angle. So here’s another one for you to consider .. perhaps he’s just tying to wear us all down so we will eventually stop whining about our privacy (or not care like you said)?

    But when you consider Facebook already has 500 million users and all of the flip-flops he’s made, one has to wonder if it really is just a game he’s playing or if we should be concerned about Zuckerberg’s mental state.

    Personally I think it’s the latter and I will not give him more credit than deserved.

    In legal terms if we don’t make our stand and he is allowed to continue abusing our rights, he will set a legal precedent that all other sites (and the law) will follow. I for one choose to make my stand now before that happens.

    For our sake let’s hope we don’t get overly complacent when it comes to protecting our privacy. Especially when you consider the power this young man now has.

    Admittedly, complacency really annoys me and a year or so from now when people wake up from their slumber they will get no sympathy from me.

    One thing further, when we discuss Facebook we need to separate the marketers from ordinary users. I’ve said time and again Facebook is a terrific tool for business but not for the rest, and it won’t before long before the business users start complaining about the lack of privacy as well.

    Tit for tat.

    As for me the bottom line is I will never trust Facebook with my private info.

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  5. I am kind of new to social networking but social networks present a great resource when doing research.

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  6. When I first heard of Facebook, I was determined to have no part of it. That was back when you had to be a college student to join. Believe it or not I was actually forces to join Facebook because of my extra-curricular activities in college- namely holding an office on the student-alumni council. They ONLY communicated through Facebook. As an older student returning to college, I was a little behind the times and thought it was ridiculous and a complete waste of time but as I went through school and got my degree in journalism and PR I began to realize the usefulness of things like FB for branding, marketing, advocacy, etc. While I was outraged like everyone else over the whole privacy (or lack of) flip-flop issues, I do see where FB has it’s uses. I do not engage in all the social aspects, like the retarded mafia/farmville/fish tank weirdness so maybe I am just not as caught up as some people. I use FB to talk to old friends and family and then also to promote both my consulting biz and at work (the wildlife agency where I work)- I have never had any privacy issues that I can recall but maybe it is because I don’t put highly personal info out there in the first place.
    I think Zuckerberg is an ass for what he did and for then trying to back-peddle, but I don’t think FB is an entirely useless application. It has done a great deal of good for many conservation organizations and social causes so you have to give it credit for at least bringing awareness to issues that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.
    I want to protect my privacy and that of my family as much as anyone else and I think the smartest thing to do is simply to not put it out there in the first place.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 1:46 pm said...

    @Kristina Summers, all excellent points Kristina. Any application can have it’s use I suppose. What’s that they say? Oh yeah .. one person’s garbage is another’s treasure.

    But the major issue with Facebook for me is there are lots of naive people out there who don’t know or realize the dangers so I’m just doing my bit to raise awareness.

    Very good comment and thanks.

    ..BB

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  7. I don’t know if he is lying about not sharing info but Im not buying it if he’s not.

    Ive locked down more info from FB and only auto posting.

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  8. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will go to hell….surely

    from Pak

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  9. #7 - Public Pressure, is what I vote!
    Facebook is a great platform for connecting people on the Internet. I’m sure most people wish they had thought of it.
    You can “hide” your friends, control who sees your info but the
    bottom line is IF you have concerns about your privacy, maybe you are providing too much info to be viewed publicly. When you put it out there on the Internet, it’s there for the public and you have no control, regardless of what Zukerberg does to protect your stuff, there is always a way around it (usually).
    I am currently inactive on Facebook and not blogging much either.
    So there.

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  10. My purpose of using social networking is not to give maximum of my privacy affecting information. I know the limits very much in the real world, i never write in any walls about me, what i am doing to let others know abt me. Why should i do something new and update all my happenings online then ?

    People are so surprised to see the applications in internet today and really go mad. They give many of their personal info without some one asking :) Thats absolutely not safe at all.

    Blaming such wall builder to let users write “what are you doing now” is not fare. Its our responsibility to take care our self.

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