Zuckerberg Once Mocked 'Dumb' Users Over 'Trust'
He apparently didn't like privacy at age 19, either
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2010 6:30 PM CDT
Mark Zuckerberg in a file photo from 2009.   (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Peter Klaunzer)

(Newser) – More ammo for Mark Zuckerberg's privacy critics: The Silicon Alley Insider has a transcript of IMs between a then-19-year-old Zuckerberg, shortly after he launched Facebook, and a college friend. Zuckerberg's comments, strung together: "Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard. Just ask. I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS." Asked how, he responds: "People just submitted it. I don't know why. They 'trust me.' Dumb fucks."

Could be "silly dorm-room chitchat," writes Nicholas Carlson. "But the exchange does reveal that Facebook's aggressive attitude toward privacy may have begun early on." Facebook didn't deny the authenticity. "We're not going to debate claims from anonymous sources or dated allegations that attempt to characterize Mark's and Facebook's views toward privacy," said a statement, adding that the "privacy and security of our users' information is of paramount important to us." Meantime, Facebook execs are addressing employee concerns on the subject, notes the Los Angeles Times.

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Jul 29, 2011 12:12 AM CDT
Finding someone, may be facebook's plus, but it has every other disadvantage, and the typical people who endorse the site blindly are the very illiterate idiots that FaceBook banks on to be part of it's advertising herd. Baaa Baaa. What do I think of FaceBook users? Just ask the founder of facebook. I think he was smart enough to know how stupid the sheeple really are when he called them "dumbfucks". And @rubirosa, HEY Zuckerberg, is that you? Of course it is your hired help. Amazing what you can with billions when you need a sock puppet to write on every blog out there heh? douche.
Sep 24, 2010 11:06 PM CDT
after 20 yrs i found my loved ones through FACEBOOK....thank you so very much Mr.Zuckerberg this is a very good story if you are interested to know please email me.
May 18, 2010 5:17 PM CDT
Amoral jerk.