Mark Zuckerberg Has Been Talking About Privacy For 15 Years — Here’s A Rundown

from Yahoo News

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke out on Wednesday after days of silence amid a firestorm of privacy concerns and government probes following reports of massive data mishandling.

Research firm Cambridge Analytica is accused of improperly gaining access to the personal data of 50 million Facebook users, and the social media network is dealing with the fallout.

This is not a new issue. Zuckerberg has been thinking and talking about privacy ever since he built the predecessor to Facebook, called Facemash, at Harvard back in 2003. When users of the service complained that their pictures were being used without permission, Zuckerberg took the site down and apologized.

Since then, a fairly consistent pattern has emerged. Zuckerberg and other Facebook employees rarely talk about “privacy,” but rather operate from the assumption that people want to share information, as long as they can control how it’s used. And as was the case with Facemash, sometimes the company goes too far — in which case Zuckerberg apologizes, Facebook makes changes, and life goes on.

Here’s a comprehensive look at what Zuckerberg has said about privacy and controlling data, according to CNBC research and Michael Zimmer’s “Zuckerberg files.”

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36 Responses to Mark Zuckerberg Has Been Talking About Privacy For 15 Years — Here’s A Rundown

  1. Daniel Schreier April 6, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

    In my view, Facebook is one of the biggest reason why the world is in such bad shape in our times. People argue more, they fight about politics and it is used as a tool to collect data on their users and use it in the way they can, like to influence an election or to create even worse problems. Yes, there is that cool thing of keeping in touch with your friends form High School after you graduate, or to have 150 likes on your profile picture. However, this aren’t enough to justify the amount of harm which Facebook created in society and in the world. With 2.1 billion users, approximately 40% of the world population, is clear so understand the amount of influence this tool has on people, and unfortunately, this enormous influence is being used to do more harm than good for overall society. In a world, where people are becoming even more radicalized, and polarized, Facebook is only contributing even more for this situation to increase. People on the same family stop talking to each other because of Facebook, people fight over Facebook, people are considered genius, because of what they write on Facebook, and on the top of all this, the world’s biggest “Social Network”, which is just an euphemism for an highly specialized surveillance company, collects data on all of is users, including pictures, interest and posts, and just sells it to the highest bidder. Zuckerberg is one of the world’s greatest mercenaries today, selling the information of millions of people who trusted its company to protect their data and information while they interact with their friends online. What actually happens is the exact opposite. People are becoming more and more depressed with social media, and precluding themselves even more, not living the fullest of life, as they deserve. I am not sure where this situation is going to end up, but what I understood after having all the discussions in class and reading the Cambridge Analythica scandal, is that we need to educate our children they should live their lives more offline than online, specially because social media and overall being connected online 24/7 is doing more harm than good for us.

  2. Brian Graziano April 6, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    In the wake of the new technology, and the big introduction to social media, Facebook has become one of the largest social media platforms. Along with all of the other social media platforms, such as Instagram and twitter, users have an option to make their account private where only users they are friends with can view their information. But what most people are misunderstanding is that nothing at all is private on these social media platforms. With Facebook having billions and billions of users, a good chunk of that number are companies using Facebook as a mechanism of marketing their advertisements. Not only do companies use Facebook as a way of marketing, but they also use Facebook as a way of monitoring potential job recruiters as well as monitoring what their own employees are posting. Remember company employees represent the company, hence why most companies are closely engaged with their employees social media accounts. This is why it is very wise to understand and think about the consequences of what you are posting on social media because EVERYONE can see your information, regardless if the account is on private. Furthermore, privacy has become a big concern to social media users, and rightfully so because everyone is entitled to rights of privacy. But their have too many horrific instances that have occurred on social media, such as cyber bullying, and serious criminal threats. I do agree Zuckerberg needs to address these privacy concern issues as a way of ensuring user privacy and to make sure companies are not misusing user privacy data. But on the other hand, it is important to make sure social media users are using these platforms the right way.

  3. Jacob Abel April 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

    The evolving view of privacy at Facebook under Mark Zuckerberg is something that requires serious discussion. The issue of privacy has obviously only gotten more important since the rise of social media. As this article points out the views of Mark Zuckerberg have been somewhat consistent since Facebook has become so dominant and his goal seems to be to allow people to share information with only those who they wish to see it. However Facebook has clearly had issues in the past with this issue whether that be sharing personal data with government or even the roll out of Beacon in the early days of the company. While Zuckerberg has always stated that people have the right to opt in and out of certain policies there is still a sense in my view that Facebook does not do enough to protect the personal data of its users. Clearly as the Cambridge Analytica or Russian election meddling has shown, its quite easy for groups in use and manipulate the personal data of Facebook users.
    I also found the exchange that Zuckerberg had with one of his friends at Harvard to be quite revealing. I think it says something about his personal mindset regarding how he uses other peoples information. it almost seemed like a game to him that he could share personal data of hundreds of people. Now that Facebook is so massive it seems as if he is still struggling with this issue. He is most certainly pushing the envelope of what people are willing to share about themselves, but in my eyes his company is not being the most forthcoming about what this data is being used for or how a person can go about trying to limit what Facebook has on them.
    In the future I think this issue of privacy is something that society is going to have to continue to discuss. It appears that Zuckerberg may have to appear before Congress regarding the Cambridge Analytica scandal so more information regarding how Facebook uses our personal data and how vulnerable our data is may come forward.

  4. Menelik D Booker April 6, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

    Facebook gives billions of people the platform to display their emotions and the opinions that follow. Giving the opportunity to do such, many users expect to have at least some privacy on what they share on the social media platform. Facebook gives users the option to make their account private, but how private could their account be if there is no such thing as confidentiality on the internet. Although many may believe they get to post things in confidentiality, they fail to realize nothing you post on the internet is private. Anything posted on the world wide web is eminent to the public. This goes for all social media platforms i.e. Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, etc. With Facebook having billions of users, this makes Facebook a perfect market for business advertisement and marketing. Facebook is also a great way to background check future/potential employees. Zuckerberg should address the privacy issues stated in Facebooks Policy. He’s leading people on to posting things that can potentially harm their character in the long-run. I also believe users should monitor what they post on the internet, because you never know who’s watching you.

  5. Michael Polito April 6, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

    Facebook is a company that everyone seems to enjoy and take advantage of. 2 billion people use Facebook to post and share whatever they want to, but the company has one problem that they cannot seem to fix. That problem is the privacy of their users, which over the years has had many complaints. Facebook is back in the news again with their biggest data leak yet with a data leak of around 87 million users being affected by it. The company yet again has let their users down by allowing the data analysis company Cambridge Analytics to get their hands on the information of their users. This data leak is one of the biggest in the company’s history, and is the most concerning. Ever since the Facemash, a pre curser to Facebook, Zuckerberg has been getting questions about the privacy of his sites. There have been many instances where Zuckerberg has found himself apologizing for how his company handles the data of its users. Since this is not the first time that Facebook has been investigated for the misuse of user data is really brings up the question of whether or not the social media giant can be trusted. Time and time again the policies of Facebooks protection of user data has been questioned, and this is by far the most serious one they have faced
    There is a certain expectation that the users of Facebook have and one of those things that they expect is that the data that they have compiled on them should not be shared with anyone that is beyond the privacy settings the users already have on. There are privacy settings on the app for a reason so no one that should not be seeing their posts can. All the previous times that Facebook has messed up it has not been that major where the users of the app have gotten mad enough to stop using it. This time is different and more people should start to consider whether or not Facebook is actually a trustable company. People should consider whether or not they really should post something because apparently you never actually know who has been given access to that information and what they are going to use it for. The number of people whose information has been leaked has just moved up to 87 million people. Considering the amount of people who use Facebook that number really is not that big but with the amount of information that people post that number is actually a lot bigger then it seems. That is just the number right now and I am sure that number will jump even higher. Users should reconsider their use of the app but I unfortunately I do not think that many people will actually delete their accounts. There are a lot of people who hear this and think that it is not them who has data has been leaked but you will never actually know. Facebook I feel will continue to run strongly and as they get more innovative more and more people will start to join the social media service. And as the service grows and more people continue to join more and more data will be collected behind our backs. I do not think this will stop people from using Facebook but maybe the next time this happens and it becomes more severe then maybe people will come to their senses and stop using Facebook.

  6. Lucas Rodriguez April 6, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

    The monopolistically interconnected powerhouse of Facebook only seems to be spreading more than ever, at rates faster than deemed humanly escapable. This social network-based outbreak has created a cyber-pool of technological community; over two billion users have composed this inevitable innovative grid, as Facebook currently stands as the main online realm of systematic freedom, connectivity, and entertainment- but at what cost? Although there have definitely been some major crucial differences amid the platform of the actual occurrences of Zuckerberg’s college triumph and the film that retold such events, the message has been clear front he beginning. As human intellectuals, we are attracted to the thought of the cyber universe that is at the brink of our personal fingertips, but just as we have required from our own personal existences, these online platforms must grant us a certain security. These privacies amid our selections of post material or preferred news feed is what guarantees the professionalism and authenticity of such a website, because although we may have entered the realms of an open online social universe, how could we possibly be social with over two million individuals? With these current trends of Facebook’s failure of secure privacy, such as the continuing advertisement infringing privacy issues, we feel as if our lives have become the main attraction of a universal theater performance, where any individual could grasp onto an aspect of our existences either reshaping our entire lifestyles or making it their own. In terms of these advertising situations, Facebook has an advertising platform called “Insights” where our personal statistics on pour profiles are sold to the highest bidder in an “anonymous” state. This source “distils” the activity of billions of Facebook’s online platform users and groups them into categories based on preferences, demographics, or other elements, where it then allows advertisers to pick and choose their next target. This aspect of marketing has translated our lives into no more than mere aspects of a company based scheme pyramid, where we are unknowingly being breached of our securities. In most situations, we want to be involved with the entire web in a flow of networking routes among this internet database, but privacy is something that guarantees our safety and comfort among this pursuit. As the movie “the social network” indicates, which is a brief two hour drama based documentary on the up rise of Facebook’s platform, the facemash technology had been a complete disaster. This application, which Zuckerberg had used as a mere entertainment service, infringed upon people’s own personal lives. This mere disaster is what had caused Facebook’s creator to redesign and improve their setup, implementing a social cite where privacy was promised and individuality was protected. But this once seemingly hotspot of interconnected relationship among the many communities of our globe has now grown to a corporative manipulation scheme, where the idea of sharing people’s information has been deemed harmless and necessary, at least by Zuckerberg. Every single post you like, item you share, or documentation of your life you upload, is being stored away in a corporative vault; when you do an activity on Facebook you are entrusting them to hold the information without the awareness of how these simple statistics are spread. With nearly 28 percent of the world’s population connected on a single platform, Facebook has become a medium for job-recruitment, national connectivity and personal expression- but with the undergoing personal privacy infraction it has dug its way toward another form of profit and individual exploitation.

  7. Kunj Darji April 6, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    He is the most powerful man in the world, next to Donald Trump, who arguably owes his power to Facebook. Know three things:
    He is Facebook. He is the self-made billionaire chairman, co-founder, and chief executive officer of Facebook. He retained all the power by saying yes to all the right people and no at all the right times. And now he’s Instagram and WhatsApp, as he continues his conquest, which, depending on his appetite, could easily end with America.
    He knows everything. Facebook doesn’t just know what you tell them. They buy data. All they need is your email address or phone number — which they require for signing up, along with your agreement to their Terms of Service. Which are all sites and brick and mortar stores ask for these days? Coincidence? Neither your blank relationship status or your privacy settings are relevant. They gather as much on you as they can and sell it — to the tune of 40 billion dollars in 2017.
    He has entered politics. The moment you begin relationships with top political strategists, voice your views and mention you’re not running for president, you’re in. He’s done all three.
    If Mark Zuckerberg wanted to spread rumors of him running for president, he could generate them. He could then harvest all the reactions and analyze them. He could then manipulate public perception in his favor.
    That’s what ads do. He is in the business of ads. And Facebook is the most powerful advertising platform in the world. Facebook is a propaganda dream machine. I’m not saying he did anything yet. The problem is he could. The threat is he might. And the fear is he did it already.
    But he is only dangerous if he chooses to be. Arguably he could do just as much good. However, a lot of damage has already been done. Why are so many privacy statements popping up on websites all of a sudden? It’s due to online marketing practices that have the lawyers scared. Lawyers don’t easily get scared. And every time we don’t opt out, we opt in, and we’ve just told them everything about us. They don’t need your name, or email, or phone number. All they need is that cookie. Facebook paved the way. 99% of Facebook is fed privacy safety announcements and corporate apologies, and shielded from how Facebook makes their money. Only those who open a business advertising account open the Pandora’s box and get to see how Facebook makes money — because that’s how they will make their money. And it starts with them uploaded their entire database of customer emails and phone numbers. Many of the answers here seem completely oblivious to this. Facebook knows everything, but their users know nothing. Facebook paved the way.
    Why is Donald Trump in office? Facebook isn’t the only reason, because there is never one reason. But the contribution was significant, and considering the margin of victory, it’s no surprise even Donald Trump was surprised he became president. Facebook paved the way — for the Trump presidency. His users are the product, and Facebook is the industrial attention farm. They are told all Facebook does is sell ads that are better when targeted.
    Which they are. And we can still ignore them, they tell themselves.
    So they continue to feed off their feed, stay addicted to likes, and return for that sense of connectedness to a platform that manufactures connectedness for profit.
    But now ads aren’t just the banners that can be blocked. They are tweet bots, Medium articles, viral YouTube videos, paid celebrities, friends who have to share something, and the news.
    Ads no longer target just your wallet. They target your attention, your thoughts. and your vote, starting with the innocuous bait of just one click. Users are his sheep, and he has 2 billion of them. Mark Zuckerberg may not run for president. But when he does, he will be the most dangerous man in the world. When he runs, he will win, because you will vote for him and he knows it.

  8. Matt Henry April 6, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

    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
    Zuck: People just submitted it.
    Zuck: I don’t know why.
    Zuck: They “trust me”
    Zuck: Dumb f–ks.
    This string of messages basically sums up Facebook. It is an easy way to track people, and if you can’t dig up dirt on someone, someone else can do it for you. 15 years of statements about a disregard for privacy by Zuckerberg and people are just now starting to get angry. This is probably because most people never realized how their information was actually being used after it was collected. That is why in 2010 Zuckerberg said this:
    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.
    — We will always keep Facebook a free service for everyone.
    As we can see now, this was a blatant lie. First off, there is no way to control the information that you share on Facebook. Facebook does share personal information with outside services and I am pretty sure nobody wants these services to have their information. Advertisers are the main recipients of user information that is collected over time. That is exactly how Facebook profits. They sell the data that is collected on millions of users. So, of Zuckerberg’s 5 claims, only 1 is true, and that is that Facebook is still free. The cost of using Facebook, however, is a lot larger than money. Using Facebook results in a total lack of privacy and the loss of control over how to protect your information. If a person’s social security number or bank information ended up on Facebook, it is no longer secure and probably dozens of services have this information. Zuckerberg has revised his comments about privacy, but his actions have not changes at all.

  9. Chris Goldfarb April 6, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

    Thankfully for me I haven’t used Facebook in 5 or 6 years, this was mostly because it wasn’t for me and I quickly moved on to other things. So if any information was collected about me and I’m sure in some capacity it was, it was most likely largely irrelevant as even for the short time I had Facebook I barely used it. However in light of recent events it seems at least 50 million people were not as lucky as me and due to Facebooks lackadaisical approach to privacy those people’s information is permanently swirling around in any number of servers forever beyond their control. While a lot of people may be very angry and rightfully so, I just can’t help but feel so totally and absolutely unsurprised. I honestly don’t know what people thought was happening the second they put anything on the internet. While I didn’t even know what Cambridge Analytica was before this recent story involving them and Facebook, I wasn’t surprised because I just assumed people would have known that this kind of stuff was happening.
    I have no illusions that if someone wanted to they could find any piece of information I’ve ever put about myself anywhere, everything I’ve ever searched for, my social security number, my address, whatever it is I’m sure someone somewhere could find it. That is par for the course with being on the internet, the best you can do is be mindful and try not to increase the chances of your information being stolen by keeping what you share to a minimum. The positive side of that is that everyone is in the same situation so you just have to hope your information gets lost in the mess along with everyone else. The biggest problem with that advice though is that the majority of people don’t care and won’t think twice about what they post or share. I can say that with certainty because everyone tells the same lie when those “Terms of Service” pop up that being that they’ve actually taken the time to read through them. Which of course they haven’t, why would you? Even if you read through it, it’s all in legal jargon that the average person could never even hope to understand and after they spend those hours going through that 100 page document they would feel just as lost as they felt going in and it will all have been for naught.
    I’m not saying this stuff doesn’t matter or that we shouldn’t care about it because of the time consuming tediousness of it all. I’m just saying that no one will be able to find every single loophole there is to stealing your information. There is simply too much to sift through and as long as people stand to make a profit illegally or not, this type of activity will continue. The most important thing we can do is punish the people who do end up finding these loopholes and keep our laws up to date to try and stop the same thing for happening twice. If people are going to steal your information you should at least make them work for it and make them find a new way every time they try.

  10. Mawusimensah Mears April 6, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

    Privacy is a reoccurring issue with Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg even has a history of sharing user information. His unethical decision making led to the demise of his previous endeavors. If Zuckerberg is selling this personal information to third party entities, all 50 million Facebook members information could be leaked. This could possibly create a security issue for the internet and new laws might be enacted by federal legislation. in 2010 Zuckerberg addressed claims that Facebook had been sharing information by stating, “There’s this false rumor that’s been going around which says that we’re sharing private information with applications and it’s just not true. The way it works is … if you choose to share some information with everyone on the site, that means that any person can go look up that information and any application can go look up that information as well. … But applications have to ask for permission for anything that you’ve set to be private.” By putting the responsibility on Facebook users, Zuckerberg is trying to take the burden off of the company by letting people select what information to publicize and what information you can make private. But resent speculations are becoming more aware to consumers that their personal information is currently being shared through Facebook to another company who will analyze their information and ultimately use that data as a part of advertising or some type of marketing strategy.

  11. Thomas Johnson April 6, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

    Facebook has recently come under fire with their privacy issues that have come out with account information being released to other companies. This was a very unethical thing that the CEO of Facebook has done. But as being an owner of a Facebook account and as a user of the website I really do not have strong feelings for this matter. I feel that if you are to allow yourself to put information onto the information from self doing that information is now public and Facebooks ownership. Facebook is a social media website not a personal or health information website. Then again with the ethical thing being that he sold information without the customers info is very wrong. The next step is how Facebook will no recover from this. For one I know that their stock took a massive yet and is hard to come back from that. I just believe that Facebook should focus on different outlets for income and promise to never do this again. But maybe in the future have a disclaimer that any info but on an account is now Facebooks Information.

  12. Avans Beaubrun April 6, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

    Avans Rophe Beaubrun
    Professor O’Sullivan
    April 6, 2018
    Social and Legal Environment of Business
    Blog Post

    There has been a huge controversy regarding Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and research firm Cambridge Analytica who is accused of improperly gaining access to the personal data of 50 million Facebook users. Although Facebook give users the option to make their account private, the substances that are posted are not confidential. Any substance posted on the internet will remain on the internet and oftentimes can be seen by companies and many individuals. For this week’s assignment I read the article titled “ Mark Zuckerberg Has Been Talking About Privacy for 15 years- Here’s A Rundown” . The author depicts an ongoing issue with Facebook of sharing personal data with companies and the government. From my perspective, this issue is very concerning and problematic because it is not a rare occurrence. When Zuckerberg built Facemash, the processor for Facebook at Harvard in 2003, many individuals complained that their pictures were being used without permission. As consumers, we must be very conscious and conservative regarding the information we are providing.

  13. Sebastien Jose Fortes April 6, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

    The fact that Mark Zuckerberg could allow this data collecting is, on the one hand, a testament to people’s inability to read the Terms and Conditions for signing up for a website. However, the fact that Zuckerberg could talk about privacy as if the users on his site actually have any is rather hypocritical. Furthermore, the concept of Facemash, similar to Tinder but with little to no free will, should have been a red flag for anyone joining Facebook.

    Though Facebook has privacy settings, it’s obvious that they’re somewhat of an illusion. Looking at a stranger’s account can still reveal their name and face, and if they’re not careful, so many more things about them such as their birthday, their relationship status, and more. Though these can be controlled, it’s not explicitly recommended.

    The irony with using Facebook and complaining about the data collection scandal is that it should have been expected, with his history of sketchy websites and conversations. From stealing profiles from housing sites to calling his users “dumb fucks”, he has shown himself to be cold and impersonal. Also, the point of Facebook is to connect with people, and as such, should be viewed as a potential trap for personal information.

    On the other hand, this isn’t exactly a huge concern. With roughly a billion users on Facebook, it would be absurd for a corporation to try to tailor to every single one of them. While it’s true that I don’t want Barnes & Noble to know that I’m a sucker for their leatherbound classics, I doubt they’ll be able to convince me to buy any more just based on my profile.

    Really, what can they do?

    The problem is more so a matter of dishonesty. Zuckerberg is quoted above saying that the company does not sell personal information or allow advertisers to use it. Of course, this isn’t entirely true, because apps have to ask for information (in much the same way that the devil asks to possess people). However, even if apps have to ask, they still get the data. Zuckerberg has therefore lied, in a sense.

    Altogether, I find it unsurprising that Cambridge Analytics has exploited Facebook for profiles. It’s all too easy to find someone and their friends.

  14. Frank Mabalatan April 6, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

    From my personal experience, the fact that users were having their data mined was not new to Facebook users, and even more so, it seemed as if they didn’t even mind. For well over a decade, Facebook users have been voluntarily leaving them subject to
    invasion of privacy, tracking, and monitoring. However, it is in the Cambridge Analytica scandal that the true, grimy nature of what Facebook was doing with this data was really exposed. Utilizing user data to a political end shatters the integrity of Facebook, even if they were not the direct perpetrators of the offense.

    What is most offensive on the part of Facebook, however, is the gross absence of accountability from Mark Zuckerberg and, to a lesser extent, Sheryl Sandberg. The closest action resembling any kind of remorse is Zuckerberg hollowly apologizing that his “work was used to divide people.” Though the Terms and Conditions of Facebook explicitly warn users of such data mining, action to should be taken by the higher ups in Facebook to ensure that user data is not used for any malevolent purpose.

    As technology begins to develop at an exponential rate which is beginning to become somewhat overwhelming, the sanctity of an individual’s privacy is compromised. It is one thing for personal information to be known, but there is a rabbit hole of possibilities with what can be done with such information. Overall, Facebook needs to be more transparent with its activity involving user information and not bury such details in a convoluted Terms and Conditions.

  15. Timothy Guerrero April 6, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    As the global spotlight slowly sheds and reveals more of Facebooks abhorrent dreads with the extensive surveillance they have accumulated of its network of over two billion, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have taken a sly method of maintaining a pleasant, innocent platform that brings out the best of us in social media. They have Zuckerberg say that he is “truly sorry,” and mislead the general uniformed public that they are a social media platform, and not in the business of extensive surveillance. This explains why people have been as shocked and appalled by learning (just now) that all of their data is being manipulated and exhaustedly pressed for the sake of advertising and sales. As we’ve discussed in class, Facebook literally knows everything about me as an individual through it’s platform – they know I am ecstatic about the New Jersey Devils qualifying for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, so what do they do? They throw advertisements my way telling me to buy playoff tickets gear, read x amount of articles pertaining to the team, etc. In fact, I watched an episode of “Adam Ruins Everything,” a popular TruTV show that uses satire to dissect common misleading traditions we assume. In their episode regarding Facebook, they explained how in Georgia, a man was flooded with advertisements to go on a Gay Cruise, without people around him knowing he was indeed homosexual, and now having found out through seeing it on the man’s screen. It sounds ridiculous surely, but Facebook’s surveillance can truly impact our daily lives in surreal manners. This is where Zuckerberg fails as the leader of such a complicated company. Take Steve Job’s response to when asked about privacy at a conference Zuckerberg literally attended – he emphasized the important of privacy and how essential it is to the trust of consumers and the overall reputation as a brand. This is how Apple is able to sell wireless ear pods for $170; and in the meanwhile; Facebook’s reputation take a free fall!

  16. ALdona Brzek April 6, 2018 at 9:17 pm #

    Facebook has been growing for a really long time and should be discussed on a serious note. First off, there are many issues that are caused on Facebook. This includes political issues, issues a Facebook user may have with their friends/family in the messages, etc. The fact that a research firm can gain access to 50 million people’s personal information is wrong and invasive. Nobody’s personal information should be gone through without reason. Often times, there are pictures, conversations, and more on people’s Facebook account that are not meant to be public or accessed. This was not the first time people had their accounts gone through and it is a serious issue that needs to be resolved.

    I agree with the point Sebastien brings up about the Facebook privacy settings being an “illusion.” Although you can set your profile so that only your friends/family can go through your photos, strangers still have access. They can still see your face, your name, and message you. Facebook has never been 100% private and I do not think that there is any social media that is completely private. Although Facebook has a countless number of users, they should focus on keeping the users lives more private.

  17. Chris Lineman April 6, 2018 at 9:22 pm #

    People have begun to share whatever is on there mind on the internet and have this expectation of privacy. Facebook leads people to believe their post are private, but in reality, whatever you post can be found by other people. Most people do not look into their privacy settings. In fact, many of always agree to terms without even reading what you’re signing yourself up for. Today, everyone is starting to realize that apps like Facebook are invading their privacy because they agreed to terms they never read. This has been mostly acknowledged because people started to realize ads of things they talked about while not even on social media, popping up on their feed. Many users unknowingly agreed that social media apps can access their microphone, camera, internet history, and contacts. Just recently, it was found that Facebook was seeing who you texted and called. Apparently, they did not read any texts or listen to calls, but it is scary to think that they could.
    I personally feel that there needs to be more privacy laws on the internet. Especially ones related to access to messages and calls not on the app. Nor should the microphone or camera should be able to be accessed. Targeted adds prove it that perfectly. I could be talking about about hair products or a getting a new speaker. What do I know when I open my social media feeds? Ads for hair products and new speakers appearing all over my feed. It’s one thing for everyone being able to see what you post on an app, but a whole other thing when it comes to the invasion of privacy off the app. I think it should be illegal for social media apps to get that kind of information. Apps like Facebook are good at seeming to be private with their privacy options. However, nobody thinks of Facebook itself as actually invading your privacy. They are led to believe only strangers could read their post and a lot of people think by changing that privacy setting on, that they are safe. Mark Zuckerburg has been careful to not go into detail of much privacy is invade and mostly just says its an evolution of communication that Facebook has brought. Yes, it has brought an evolution, but at what point is that evolution considered to be taken to far.

  18. Joel Valdez April 6, 2018 at 9:24 pm #

    Mark Zuckerberg is a very powerful man, considering the insane amount of information his company handles from people all over the world. However, there are several sides to this ongoing story of privacy issues with Facebook. Over the past 15 years, Facebook has been at fault for numerous scandals involving the privacy of its users being compromised in some way. Most of the time I will say, I feel it was simply because of growing pains and just apart of the process of improving as a tech company, being responsible for so much data at once. Although, when is enough, enough? At some point, Facebook has to get a grip of how to perfect the encryption of our data and use common sense practices to keep our data out of the hands of all unwanted parties. Having experienced how simple invasions of privacy can hurt people’s feelings as seen in the Facesmash.com debacle, Zuckerberg should have no problem understanding that more sensitive information than ever before is shared on Facebook. This means such information should not be able to get in the hands of unwanted parties, at all costs.

    However, Facebook has been very vocal about these issues, having made comments on every such issue, which is more than we can say about a lot of companies. They have always stressed how they put the option in the hands in the users as to much of their information is public within their servers. It is their conscious choice to upload such information and share all of what they do on a daily basis. Users have authority over many privacy decision on their own accounts, which may get Facebook off the hook for some of this. However, in the court of public opinion, they will be indefinitely guilty for such data breaches because they are the big company,and they say they will protect users’ information.

  19. Joe D April 6, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

    Facebook has been in recent news as a privacy breach scandal sparked the nation’s users to furiously lash out. Elon Musk, real-life day ‘Tony Stark’, has deleted all of his Facebook pages and even offered to buy Mark Zuckerberg out just to shut the business down. Our privacy seems to be important to us, in America, although we give it up for an increase in security. Frustration comes from our privacy being taken advantage of to benefit political parties but it’s been happening the whole time.
    We’ve been giving away our information for free and allowing companies to profit off of it since Facebook has been created. It’s not a coincidence when ads pop up from stores that we’ve recently visited online. I’ve personally used Facebook to grow my business using people’s public interests as the target demographic for my marketing campaigns. Zukerberg says it himself “We’re not forcing anyone to publicize any information about themselves.” We supply the internet with the information it needs to then sell off, in many ways it’s free money.
    The future of Internet access, privacy, and security will show more rules and regulations that these massive companies must abide by. Facebook’s days might be numbered as the youngest generation of America’s youth find different apps and social medias to keep in touch. Eventually, Facebook’s network will shrink and the public will move on to the next business just like the demise of MySpace.

  20. Stefan S April 6, 2018 at 9:53 pm #

    Mark Zuckenberg is a hypocrite. He explains how he wants to advocate for privacy yet he was in power and was a reason why the facebook breach happened. Money talks, and in this case selling our information to other companies was an easy decision for him to do when knowing the money he probably made. However, in the long run it cost facebook more. It cost facebook its reputation, its trust, and most importantly its money. However, we can all be hypocrites sometimes so now lets see how he bounces back and makes facebook better and more trust worthy.

    I believe that it is going to be extremely hard though because of the fact that it is the age where privacy is a privilege. It is good that facebook has been sharing the issues that they are having. It makes them seem like they are cooperating with the situation that they are in. It is still bad though that they are sharing important information like messages and even just profile information. This is causing many users to leaving the site and not trusting it.

  21. Chris Salimbene April 6, 2018 at 10:59 pm #

    In recent years, Facebook has become one of the largest social media platforms used by people in today’s society. Similar to other social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, Facebook has an option to make an account private so that users would not have to worry about strangers looking at their information. However, people assume that having their account on private would save them from hiding their information with other users but that’s not true and users can see what others put on Facebook regardless of their account being on private. Majority of people using Facebook don’t realize what terms that they are agreeing to and eventually leads to everyone looking at their information. Many users don’t realize that social media apps can access their pictures, internet history, or contacts, and have strangers look at their private information that they never posted on social media. At some point, Facebook has to enforce rules that avoids people from looking at anyone’s information even if it’s on private and keep people safe from getting their information stolen. If there was a rule to fully read the terms before accepting to it for all social media platforms, people would understand how to keep their information on private without anyone looking at personal information or pictures.

    In addition, privacy has become a major problem toward social media users and causing them to be upset because of having rights of privacy. From my point of view, Zuckerberg should change the way for the privacy setting on Facebook to guarantee everyone with rights of privacy toward their account.

  22. Chris Salimbene April 7, 2018 at 12:37 am #

    In recent years, Facebook has become one of the largest social media platforms used by people in today’s society. Similar to other social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, Facebook has an option to make an account private so that users would not have to worry about strangers looking at their information. However, people assume that having their account on private would save them from hiding their information with other users but that’s not true and users can see what others put on Facebook regardless of their account being on private. Majority of people using Facebook don’t realize what terms that they are agreeing to and eventually leads to everyone looking at their information. Many users don’t realize that social media apps can access their pictures, internet history, or contacts, and have strangers look at their private information that they never posted on social media. At some point, Facebook has to enforce rules that avoids people from looking at anyone’s information even if it’s on private and keep people safe from getting their information stolen. If there was a rule to fully read the terms before accepting to it for all social media platforms, people would understand how to keep their information on private without anyone looking at personal information or pictures.

    In addition, privacy has become a major problem toward social media users and causing them to be upset because of having rights of privacy. From my point of view, Zuckerberg should change the way for the privacy setting on Facebook to guarantee everyone with rights of privacy toward their account. People should be required to read the whole terms policy before accepting to it and realize how to keep their account completely private. When accounts aren’t private, it leads to drama because some people can be posting topics such as politics as their status and cause others to disagree with negative responses. Individuals should be aware of what they post on social media because companies and other users can see their posts and monitor any of their information from one post. People should consider posting positive information as their statues to avoid strangers looking up their personal information and reduce the chances of starting drama on social media. If Facebook does not fix this privacy issue, the amount of users would decrease and the company might be at lower ratings than other social media platforms in the future. Overall, Facebook should focus on keeping user’s lives more private and require all users to read the terms and conditions before accepting it, and posting information or picture on social media.

  23. Mark Marino April 10, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    As the Facebook story is gaining steam as their CEO, Mark Zuckerburg is going to speak in front of Congress later this month, Facebook has had an issue with privacy for years. According to the article even in the beginning with the website Facesmash, people were outraged their photos were used without consent. This brings up a big issue today with Zuckerburg facing scrutiny from outraged Facebook users.
    Many do not actually understand that anything uploaded to Facebook is now Facebook’s property, they are able to do whatever they want to do with the content. Even as Facebook was growing rapidly in the early stages, Zuckerburg was utterly surprised with the trust people had in him with their personal information. Zuckerburg was collecting material such as email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, and mutual friend information. With simple programming, Zuckerburg had the opportunity to see who we were friends with and how much we interacted with their profile. Relationships, an extension from Facesmash, enabled other people to see if you were in a relationship or not. This just goes to show how much information Facebook was able to hold on to.
    Everyone underestimated the possibilities of Facebook and how to bring it to full potential. Zuckerburg has grown it from something to which you can look up friends to allowing third party companies to mine your data. The worst part is that based on the pages you visited, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica is able to change their advertising techniques to sway an election and target advertisements towards certain people rather than others. Facebook has denied influence in the past but with the newest findings, it is hard to believe they did not have some sort of influence.
    Even though Congress is getting involved, the old, technologically hindered members will not know which the correct questions are to ask to Zuckerburg. Not only that but Facebook is donating to political campaigns within Congress. Therefore, there is for certain, a conflict of interest here in testifying. Congress will not ask the right questions not only because they don’t know what to ask but because they are being paid by Facebook as well.

  24. Antonio Macolino April 10, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

    With the recent allegations against Facebook for leaking the personal data of over 50 million people, I feel that this article exposes Mark Zuckerberg more than ever and I also feel that the general public should be more aware of this information. This walkthrough of statements made by Zuckerberg and actions Facebook has taken just proves how hypocritical Facebook and its founder can be. Whether people were away of it or not, now we can see that Facebook and Zuckerberg have been repeating a pattern of messing up, apologizing, and then everybody forgets any of the problems happened in the first place.
    The most upsetting and hypocritical instance I found in this article was the texting conversation that was released between Zuckerberg and one of his friends between 2003 and 2005. In a text with one of his friends Zuckerberg is speaking about an early version of Facebook and says how he cannot believe people are just giving him their personal information. He then proceeds to call the users “dumb f—ks”. This is just blatant proof that Zuckerberg never really cared about keeping user information private even though he claimed this many times. He just found it laughable that so many people would just give their information to him. This also gives us reason to believe that Mark Zuckerberg is not the person people thinks he is. He tries to come across as a nice guy who cares about privacy and has good morals. But with the recent leak, he just seems like a greedy CEO that only cares about the profit he can make from using people’s private data.
    I truly believe that the recent data leaks by Facebook needs to be the last straw. After reading the article, one could trace the path of hypocrisy that Facebook has taken. People have constantly let Facebook get away with their mistakes and their poor judgement regarding users’ private information. I believe people need to take this recent leak as the last straw and make sure Facebook learns from its mistake. Whether it be through massive boycotts by Facebook’s users, or harsh punishments handed down by authoritative powers that rule over Facebook, I really hope both Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook learn their lesson and realize that our information is private and is most certainly not for sale.

  25. Zachary Corby April 10, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

    Reading this article made me actually want to throw up all over myself because of how lying and deceiving Zuckerberg is when it come to the topic of privacy. The majority of those quotes were just outright lies through his teeth and it amazes me how some people still trust him or forgive him after there is a privacy breach. The most interesting thing I actually learned from this article was about the predecessor to Facebook called Facemash. Not once had I ever heard about it before, maybe it was because I was probably to young at the time to even begin to understand what it was or because it was so unsuccessful and short lived. It was an interesting concept because it showed that even back then when it was created in 2003 that the whole idea of a social network could be successful. The reason Facemash had to be taken down was because people were complaining that their pictures were being used without their permission which was true. Even then though Zuckerberg saw that if he could trick people into allowing them to give up their information he could turn this into a highly profitable business. Yet even then some of the quotes he made back then should be analyzed more, because it at least shows what his thought process was and still is behind all the cover ups he has to put out today to keep his company in good standing. First he said that people’s privacy issues were not insurmountable, but hurting people’s feelings was. That is interesting because even in 2003 Zuck was able to see that he could find ways around privacy issues and here we are 15 years later in which he is almost the master of that trade. The one that really caught my attention is when he called people “dumb f*cks” for trusting him with their information. He was seen messaging someone saying that he had over 4,000 people’s info and if this friend he was talking to needed any information he could give it to them. Even today with Facebook being as huge as it is this is so deeply concerning because it shows that once you give up your privacy that there is no way to get it back. People really need to be careful of who they trust with their information. What jumped out at me is that in the middle of the article around 2007-2009 Zuck seemed to have a plan in mind to try and keep having people share more and more information, both voluntarily and involuntarily. He also talks about pushing the envelope on privacy but it just makes you wonder because what business incentive does he have to do that? If he claims that other people can not ee your data or information why would less privacy benefit people or his business. As Facebook has grown and gone public he insists that Facebook tries to protect privacy and has not done anything wrong which is just a straight up lie. It is true that the majority of its users have given him access to their information, but he certainly ha not tried to create “private spaces” as he claims. It is nearly impossible to try and figure out privacy settings on Facebook because they are often buried away in the site. The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal has hopefully shed a light on what Facebook actually does and that is share your information, but we will see. Zuck has been able to dig himself out of deeper holes before and apologize to the public and has still been able to regain their trust. Even if they do not trust him i don’t know how much impact that will have because the alternative is to delete Facebook and miss out on everything that is happening in people’s lives which for some is unbearable.

  26. Coby Dunn April 10, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

    The Internet is a vast and powerful tool. It holds all of the information and data in the world, and it can be accessed at our fingertips. With all that information and data, when we use the internet we expect a level of privacy. Of course there are people that know how to hack, how to access our personal information, and how to wreak havoc, but those people are participating in illegal activities. They usually get caught. However, what is more scary, is that companies like facebook do this on the regular, and it is completely legal. ISP’s, Facebook, and data analytics all have access to your information whether you know it or not. It is concerning to think that what we may think of as private just isn’t. The recent issue With Cmbridge Analytics and facebook is just the fallout of what facebook has allowed to happen for years on its platform. I think Zuckerberg’s bad practices have finally caught up to him. Since its creation, facebook has always had issues with privacy. Over the years, this issues are simply growing in size since the user base for facebook is over two billion people. Facebook needs to find an answer to privacy issue before it gets destroyed. Despite all of these negatives, Facebook is still a positive platform. In dealing with this you cannot ignore that facebook has provided a space for people to speak, fundraise, and spread positive messages to the world. However, we also know that it is hard to trust a platform that cannot keep our information private. That is why I think it is a good thing that Mark Zuckerberg is going to testify before congress. We need these issues to be fixed so that we can continue to use platforms like facebook to spread positive messages to the world.

  27. Nicholas DiBari April 10, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

    What struck me as most profound and, frankly terrifying, that this article presents us with are the bolded, one sentence summaries (all of which have been said by Zuckerberg) regarding the Facebook founder’s thoughts on privacy. Some are public statements, others are quite evidently far more candid. The differentiation between these two “classifications” is something that I think should be duly noted here: there is an alarming difference between a statement such as “There are pretty intensive privacy options” and “They ‘trust me’. Dumb f—ks.” I am inclined, unfortunately, to have to think that Zuckerberg’s less politically correct comment is likely more akin to what he actually feels on the topic and, being the social media titan he is, that is truly frightening.
    Zuckerberg also makes a lot of assumptions throughout the quotations provided based on, arguably, half-truths. The statement that struck me was: “What people want isn’t complete privacy – they want control.” There are a number of presuppositions made by Zuckerberg in this statement. For one, he is diminishing what it means to have privacy. Privacy is the ability to, when desired, conceal whatever it is you want concealed. This encompasses control; they are not separate entities. Total privacy is impossible: we are social creatures that not only want, but need communication. While I understand what he’s getting at in saying that we want to control what others can see of us online, I would venture to say that this is based on the notion that we should be entitled total control over our total privacy. We should have the right to, at the very least, know what is being published online about out and where it is being publicized.
    Another statement that I feel has its flaws is his remarks regarding the “Zuckerberg Law”, stating that every consequent year, people will share two times as much information on social media as the prior. This statement especially does not bode well when paired with his statement saying that the social norm for privacy is changing. I am not sure how Zuckerberg can claim that people are going to share more and claim that people will be okay with all of that information being shown to the world in neon lights. I simply don’t think that is a fair or realistic assumption.

  28. Andrew Kuttin April 11, 2018 at 12:20 am #

    Mark Zuckerberg’s path from teenage Harvard dropout to Billionaire is an immensely interesting one. He without a doubt changed the internet as we know it, but along the way he did not always display the best intentions. As this article points out, Facebook came from the ashes of his initial creation “Facemash”. This website presented the user with two randomly selected pictures of Harvard students and they were prompted to select which one was more attractive. Stressed and immature students across campus spread the website like wildfire. This scene from Zuckerberg’s biopic “The Social Network” depicts this (https://tinyurl.com/y8x2hnhw). Facemash was taken down for obvious reasons, but the most important of those reasons is that Zuck got the student pictures he used from scraping private housing information. He was 19 years old when he made this mistake, but from an early age Mark Zuckerberg displayed that he did not have much concern for individual privacy. Two years later, Zuckerberg referred to those who gave him their personal data “dumb f***s”.
    Since then Zuck has matured and so has his rhetoric. It was not until 2010 that Facebook surpassed 500 million users, but later in that year, Zuckerberg published an Op-ed in Washington Post emphasizing his company’s principles surrounding privacy. Specifically he wrote that “You have control over how your information is shared” and “We do not share your personal information with people or services you don’t want”. This rhetoric sounds nice, but in light of recent events, it is safe to say that the man who wrote it did not take it seriously. In 2011 after his first run in with the FTC, Zuckerberg again lobbied for the trust of the people. He cited the ability to make a private profile on a public website as what made Facebook the world’s biggest community online.
    Now in 2018 Mark Zuckerberg’s ignorance towards the protection of private data has landed him in hotter water than ever before. Halfway through his two day senate testimony, and watching his stock price plummet, it feels as if Zuckerberg put himself in this situation. From the age of 19 he displayed a lack of sensitivity towards private data and reading his words since then has lead me to believe that not much has changed. Now at the head of a multi-dollar company, Zuckerberg has to present an agreeable public position and can no longer afford to call users “dumb f***s”, but appears to privately hold the same position. His users are stupid for surrendering so much personal information and it is not his responsibility to keep that from biting them in the behind.

  29. Jessica Williams April 12, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

    Mark Zuckerberg’s approach to privacy in regards to the social media giant Facebook has evolved in ways that are interesting to see over the course of the years. Facebook is reputedly known as the company that handles it’s users private information with little regard, especially after the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal.

    It appears that Facebook’s primary goal shifts away from complete privacy during it’s initial release, to the “control’ of what information people allow others to see on their pages, then back to the emphasis on the importance of privacy. This is an interesting development, as the bridge that allowed this evolution was the disclosure of texts that Zuckerberg sent to a friend after Facebook’s initial launch, which was reported by Business Insider in 2010. The article then details a part of Zuckerberg’s awards speech during that same year, as he stated that “the ‘social norm’ of privacy has evolved over time.” From then on, Zuckerberg then redirects his focus back to the use of technology to protect the privacy of its users, which is likely due to serious backlash.

    Personally, despite what Facebook has been saying recently, I don’t believe that Zuckerberg’s primary concern is the privacy of its users. This is especially apparent during his conversation with a friend, in which he calls Facebook users “dumb f–ks” for allowing him access to private information such as emails and home addresses when initially signing up for Facebook. While I don’t think he would personally use other people’s information for malice such as identity theft, I do believe that he uses other people’s information as profit. Data such as previously visited websites, “liked” pages and people, and others can be sold to advertisers who wish to market a specific product to a specific individual, which pops up as advertisements on other websites. These are usually based on previous websites that a user may have been on, in which the products the individual was looking at makes an appearance on the user’s screen once again as an advertisement on a different page. The article “Facebook is Watching and Tracking You More than You Probably Realize,” sums up the issue, as well as detailing how exactly Facebook manages to use this information to bring them revenue. https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/komando/2016/03/18/facebook-watching-and-tracking-you-more-than-you-realize/81803796/

    While Zuckerberg’s lack of regard for Facebook users’ privacy is starting to cost both him and his users, it is also important that people who use social media are mindful of the information they post online, as it can be accessed by anyone. Internet safety, such as knowing not to post information such as an address, or even your full name is commonly taught in public school. Because social media is not one-hundred percent reliable in regards to keeping the informaiton safe from those with malicious intent, it is important that we remind ourselves not to get too comfortable when posting information online.

  30. JERRY WU April 12, 2018 at 8:50 pm #

    Facebook is a social media platform that millions upon millions of people around the globe utilize to show their emotions, opinions, and major events that go on in their daily lives. When we the people agree to the terms that Facebook provides us in order to use the application, we all expect to have some privacy on what we share with our friends and family on the platform. Facebook, of course, has provided us with a way to make our account private, but it still does not negate the fact that nothing is 100% protected on the world wide web. With Zuckerberg’s lack of awareness for Facebook’s privacy, he will have to pay the price for not finding a solution for all the privacy issues. So, who knows if the other social media platforms will take privacy more seriously after this situation?

  31. Luke Nadolny April 13, 2018 at 10:54 am #

    The privacy concerns with Facebook have been in discussion over the past couple of years and recently over the past couple of weeks. For a big social media platform like this, you would think that there would be a heavy discussion within the company ranks about privacy settings and recognizing them when it is done in practice. However privacy rights continue to be violated by Facebook and yet nothing is being done to stop it. CEO Mark Zuckerberg had his testimony with Congress earlier this week and he basically cruised through most of the questions asked of him, the reason for that is because most of the members of congress do not know the basics of computers and social media. Seeing that Congress was not smart on the situation, Zuckerberg got off easy when he should have been charged with something. This allows Zuckerberg to continue to run Facebook the way he has with the privacy issues he is instilling. The major things that plagued Facebook for years have not been fixed, in fact they have been made worse. As technology has advanced, people have downloaded more social media sites and more platforms that Facebook owns, and this allows them to have access to any data they can get their hands on. It’s as if Zuckerberg thinks he is above the law just because the company he runs is so large. Even in this article it states that when he first made Facebook, he called the people who followed him “dumb f*cks”. This is what Zuckerberg thinks of people who use social media, Zuckerberg is so above everyone in social media knowledge, he thinks he can pull a fast one over everyone. When we talk about privacy and the repercussions it has when it is violated, we look at Facebook, a company that has repeatedly violated those rights, receiving no severe penalty at all. We are getting to the point where companies can violate laws to push their agendas while government has been sitting back and doing hardly anything to stop them. This is as dangerous a threat to citizens as anything could be because anything we do now can no longer be considered safe or private because of incidents like these.

  32. Daniel Kim April 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

    Watching the Congressional hearings on Youtube, I never had the chance to realize how fascinating Mark Zuckerberg really is. At 19, he dropped out of Harvard to invest in his startup, Facebook. The social media platform became a success and his personal wealth quickly rose to rival with that of well-known billionaires such as Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. He truly embodies the American entrepreneurial spirit in the 21st century. However, Mark Zuckerberg is in hot waters with the U.S. Congress after the Cambridge Analytica news report. What went wrong for the bright young billionaire who wanted to connect the world? Perhaps, Zuckerberg was over his head when he began his business venture. A 19-year-old college dropout with an unimaginable amount of money already sounds like a plot for a Hollywood success story.
    Funnily enough, The Social Network explores young Mark and his rise to fortune while dealing with lawsuits from his former partners and affiliated parties. Of course, the movie ends with Mark becoming the youngest billionaire in the world. Fast forward to late 2000s, the world becomes a different place with tech giants such as Apple introducing the first iPhone. One can argue that is when technology truly integrated with our daily lives. This technological advancement is disrupting all industries and now we are seeing the consequences of this event. Privacy is one of them. According to the Yahoo finance UK, Mark Zuckerberg, throughout the years, shows that data privacy issue was in the CEO’s mind multiple times. However, like my classmates, I find his discussion with his friend troublesome when he describes the users as “dumb f**ks.” This goes to show the type of personality Mark Zuckerberg possesses.
    Although it is hard to tell if he has the same mindset back in his college years, Zuckerberg seems to be different now. After all, his platform provides an opportunity for many young activists in the Arabic nation to mobilize and communicate their protest rallies. If they did not have platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, the Arab Spring would have been a different story. People were able to mobilize supplies and support during Sandy Hook and Harvey hurricane seasons. Despite the benefits that Facebook was able to produce, the presidential election in 2016 made the social media platform a political battleground. Everything from Russian interference to Cambridge Analytica had one common denominator: Facebook. Facebook not only enabled charitable organizations to spread their messages but also created an environment where bad actors could take advantage of the massive social media platform to spread false information about presidential candidates and false news. The biggest challenge now is providing the best user’s experience while keeping Facebook accountable. It will take a great effort from both the government and Facebook to ensure that delicate balance between privacy and transparency.

  33. Mary Margaret Miller April 13, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

    As Mark Zuckerberg has been challenged by the government due to the infringement and violation of private rights of Facebook users, this article was presented in order to show the many occasions where Zuckerberg failed to protect the digital rights of users on his sites. Over the past fifteen years, Zuckerberg has been infringing on the rights of many through obtaining personal data. This has caused him plenty of trouble within the media, yet he still has not faced serious consequences for his actions.
    Although he has been confronted on multiple occasions, Zuckerberg has had to make multiple public apologies as a way to cover himself. There has been a consistent pattern with Zuckerberg’s apologies; he claims that he is truly sorry for his actions, and that “it will never happen again” and that “those were not his intentions with the site,” but we all know that his apologies are nothing but lies. He wants his social media users to fall under the impression that he is there for them and will protect their information, yet he has more access to our personal data than anyone else in the world. Even the government frequently requests Facebook for personal data on individuals. Zuckerberg’s philosophy is that if people are trusting enough to share their private data with them, as well as post anything they want to online, there is no indication that individuals care to know about their privacy settings. Through deception, Zuckerberg has been able to make the profits he has by exposing user data, he will only come up with another apology just to save himself from the media and all individuals who use his sites.
    In theory, a social media network that allows consumers to use their site for free must have some source of income in order to stay in business. However, exposing and selling their users’ personal data to third party companies should not be how they make their money. Social media users should have a say in their rights to having an online profile, yet users are being exposed and robbed of all of their rights. Currently, there are no legislations in place that protect the digital rights of individuals; which must be changed. The issue that resides on the matter is that the people of Congress and the Senate are much older and do not understand the significance of online security. While Mark Zuckerberg was being questioned about how he violated privacy, he was asked basic questions that allowed him to get away with what he had done. If the one who is questioning him is not knowledgeable about online security, then Mark Zuckerberg remains a powerful and untouchable man. The problem with this case is that by law, he is allowed to do what he has been doing being that there are no laws in place that permit or forbid selling another individual’s digital information. Therefore his case is only seen as more than unethical, yet no one knows how to fully handle it due to lack of knowledge. It is more than unfortunate that in the digital age we live in, there are no laws that have been enacted to prevent cases like Zuckerberg’s from occurring. As we gain more knowledge, we will then understand more about how much power technology has over us, but until then lawmakers must make decisions that will protect the rights to all social media users.

  34. Moniqua Prince April 13, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

    Growing up, I learned that no matter how much privacy I wanted, I would never have it. Because of such things as the internet and technology, any chance of people completely incognito on non-existent disappeared. Which is why as a young child, I was always aware – aware to a point that it could be called paranoid. I created emails that were my alias so that when I conversed with people online, I would not have to give them all my information and have them find me. I did make a Facebook account, but it was not in my name and I rarely posted to it. My paranoia honestly caused a fear in me.
    Along these terms though, I understood that because of this such thing as technology, I would never have privacy as long as I used it. It does not faze me that Facebook has released so much information on its user. It does not faze me that they have done it repeatedly, and that most users do not hold them to keeping their information private. Facebook makes money off releasing their user’s information. Where making money is involved, their usually are never any morals – especially if it is a big company. It’s survival of the fittest and all that mumble jumble.
    What I do understand is all the bullshit that Zuckerberg spouted out of his mouth. In all honestly, yes he was trying to make money, but did he really have to spout so many lies. Words are very powerful, and the fact that he entertained the thought of privacy through his words was complete bullshit. He should not have said anything to begin with. As I did say before though, when making money, moral and ethics are usually not involved. “Really sensitive to people’s privacy”, my arse.
    Another thing though, is despite everything people still continued to trust Facebook and use it. It is definitely a pattern amongst society to see something bad happen, or to be outraged about something, but only for a moment. People will only ever really feel a type of way about a situation if they are the ones in that situation. What I wanted to point out in this paragraph though is that fact that we have so much access to information because of technology. I, myself, did not know about the emails that Zuckerberg had sent to his friends or some of the things that he had said. I, myself, have to categorize myself in the same boat as any other person. Maybe it’s partly because we do not use the internet to our advantage that we are unaware of information and allow for these unethical things to happen…

  35. Timothy Wiamer April 19, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

    The research firm Cambridge Analytica is accused of improperly gaining access to the personal data of 50 million Facebook users and the social media network is the one who is dealing with the consequences. Mark Zuckerberg first created Facemash in 2003. This was the predecessor to Facebook. Facemash used users pictures without permission. Due to this, Zuckerberg took down the website and started fresh with Facebook. According to Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook employees, privacy is not a huge issue because people want to and are willing to share information. What they care about is how they can control the information being displayed. At first, Facebook was a social networking site for college students. It would allow college students across the nation and eventually across the world to connect with each other. In 2007, Facebook had its first huge privacy issue when Facebook opened its doors to beyond universities and to the general population. With this move, Facebook introduced Beacon, which allowed third-party sites to publish user purchases unless users opted out. This resulted in some user accidentally posting to their friends about purchases they probably should not be displaying on the Internet. From then, Facebook and their use of ads has grown. Not only does Facebook know when you were looking at that item on Amazon, but it suggests similar items in their ads. Instead of signing into different websites with a new user name, users have the option to sign in via Facebook of Google. Data and information is then transferred from Facebook to these secondary websites. This is a huge issue. Information that was posted on Facebook has now been transmitted. Users do not realize that this is happening; they just feel as though it is convenient to log in under one username. Companies are now also using Geo-tagging through Facebook to target people of a specific sex, age, and race for their businesses. For example, some women might receive ads for a salon or waxing facility nearby where men might receive ads for a nearby barbershop or clothing stores. Facebook allows this. The issue with Facebook will always be a privacy issue. Too many people put too much out there on Facebook and are unaware that this information can be transferred from one party to another. I think that Facebook needs to be more secure but I also believe that the users need to be more aware and use social media cautiously. We live in a world where people share every little thing. We need to remember that sometimes less is more.

  36. Nathaniel Valyo April 20, 2018 at 12:29 am #

    Zuckerberg’s “apologies” are just that: apologies. The word “apology” comes from the Greek word “apologia,” which is directly translated as a defense, or a speech made as a defense. So, when Zuckerberg is apologizing for the wrongdoings and mistake Facebook has made, he is just defending himself and the company he founded. There is no true sorrow in his statements whatsoever.

    Sadly, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is not new for Zuckerberg and Facebook; they have made very similar “mistakes” in the past. This specific example just happens to be the most recent and has affected a significant number of people, at least enough to (finally) warrant an interrogation by the United States Congress. Time and time again, Zuckerberg has been hounded for not taking privacy seriously enough, and each time, Zuckerberg issued an apology statement on behalf of Facebook, and as the article states, “life goes on.” I also find it kind of laughable that each statement on Zuckerberg’s apology tours has something along the lines of: “if we don’t protect your privacy, then we don’t deserve to serve you.” As if that little piece makes every breach of privacy instantly OK.

    The irony in that, however, is that those statements DO make everything OK, at least in the eyes of lawmakers. Zuckerberg vows to make a couple changes to Facebook and it is suddenly “ready and changed for good.” Little to no effort is made by anyone to ensure that Facebook is legitimately keeping their word on protecting our information at all costs. I am hoping that this Cambridge Analytica scandal will wake everyone up finally, so that we can see how dangerous a game Facebook is playing. Our personal information is not something to be messed around with, and it is unfathomable to me that people have not caught on to this or prioritized this earlier. If there are any positives in this, however, it is that Zuckerberg made a physical appearance in front of Congress to share his side of the story. I am confident that more laws will be passed to protect our privacy eventually, I am just hoping that it is sooner rather than later. Fifteen years of Mark Zuckerberg having unlimited access to our personal information is fifteen years too long, no matter what he says Facebook has done to make sure our information was being kept safe the whole time.

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