When it comes to Facebook, privacy is one of the most pivotal issues. It has been at the center of many of the company’s biggest scandals, from Cambridge Analytica to breaking Apple’s App Store rules so it could pay people to spy on them, with Facebook’s privacy missteps ultimately netting it a $5 billion fine from the Federal Trade Commission.
In his new book about the rise of the internet giant, “Facebook: The Inside Story,” Wired editor and writer Steven Levy offers insightful details about CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s approach to privacy, especially in Facebook’s early days, Business Insider reported.
In 2003, while Zuckerberg was still at Harvard and experimenting with online social networks, he spun a prank website called “Facemash” that showed pictures of classmates and asked students to vote on who was most attractive.
According to Business Insider, administrators quickly cut off Zuckerberg’s internet access and threatened to expel him, the school’s newspaper, The Harvard Crimson wrote at the time. In the immediate aftermath, the Crimson also penned an editorial grilling Zuckerberg for his lack of concern for students’ privacy.
However, just a year later, Zuckerberg hacked the emails of student journalists at the Crimson by accessing their Facebook login information, a story first reported by Business Insider.
Zuckerberg: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuckerberg: Just ask.
Zuckerberg: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuckerberg: People just submitted it.
Zuckerberg: I don’t know why.
Zuckerberg: They “trust me”
Zuckerberg: Dumb fucks.
(Source: Business Insider)