In terms of damage control, there had better be a lot of it, and soon:
Earlier this year, we published a series of posts featuring instant messages written by Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg.Today, the New Yorker quoted two of them in a profile of Zuckerberg. Jose Antonio Vargas, who wrote the profile, says he’s also “obtained and confirmed” the IMs.In Vargas’s story, Zuckerberg admits he wrote the IMs and says he “absolutely” regrets them.We give Mark tons of credit for going on the record and talking about his youthful foibles.Here’s the part of the story where Vargas quotes the IMs:The technology site Silicon Alley Insider got hold of some of the messages and, this past spring, posted the transcript of a conversation between Zuckerberg and a friend, outlining how he was planning to deal with Harvard Connect:FRIEND: so have you decided what you are going to do about the websites?
ZUCK: yea i’m going to f—k them
ZUCK: probably in the year
ZUCK: *earIn another exchange leaked to Silicon Alley Insider, Zuckerberg explained to a friend that his control of Facebook gave him access to any information he wanted on any Harvard student:ZUCK: yea so if you ever need info about anyone at harvard
ZUCK: just ask
ZUCK: i have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, sns
FRIEND: what!? how’d you manage that one?
ZUCK: people just submitted it
ZUCK: i don’t know why
ZUCK: they “trust me”
There are two things I want to spew out. I plan to curse. The first thing is this notion of privacy. This kid doesn’t give two shits about privacy, end of story. Anyone who does business with Facebook or trusts that the platform cares about privacy is deluded. He really, honestly, truly, doesn’t think that what you put on his platform is private. That should be a wake up call of epic proportions. In a year, he should be well out of business. This country isn’t smart enough to ensure that he is. Too many sheep, not enough shepherds, and all of the wolves are stuffed full and planning on continuing the buffet.
My other observation is that there is a generation of Harvard graduates out there who will, one day, take power in this country (yes, look it up) and Mark Zuckerberg has a ton of dirt on them. And he wants to “fuck them in the ear.” This young man’s mind is a shit sandwich, served open-faced. He’s a real piece of work. Ethics have never been explained to him. Each and every single one of these people is the personal bitch of one Mark Zuckerberg. Did you use Facebook early on? Too bad, chump. Burned onto a CD out there is exactly what you don’t want your future voters to know about you.
At some point, there will be a sitting United States Senator or a candidate for President of the United States who can, and probably will, be blackmailed by Mr. Zuckerberg. What he is saying above is fairly self-explanatory—when “Facebook” was a young piece of technology, based out of Harvard, he culled and saved whatever was uploaded to that system and has archived it. He is admitting that he has saved private information and has plans to use it and distribute it to anyone who might come to him and ask for it. There are future opposition research people out there who have noted this about Facebook already, no doubt.
Why am I the only one pointing this out?
And, no, I’m not deleting my Facebook account. It’s there so people can read whatever I want them to read. I know how these things work. I will use the application to my advantage. You should do the same.