Mark Zuckerberg Tosses Out Some Decent Trash

'Times' feature follows around a garbage picker, who finds a working vacuum cleaner, hair dryer
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2019 10:30 AM CDT
Revealed: Mark Zuckerberg's Trash Contents
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Mark Zuckerberg insists he's pushing Facebook on a path toward greater privacy for users. And Business Insider notes that if Zuckerberg read the New York Times on Sunday, he got a real taste of what it feels like to have your privacy violated. There, in a feature on a San Francisco trash picker, are the contents of the trash outside Zuckerberg's home. Specifically: a vacuum cleaner, a hair dryer, and a coffee machine (all working), along with less valuable items such as A&W diet root beer cans, cardboard boxes, a junk mail credit card offer, a stale baguette, Chinese takeout containers, and the remains of a chicken dinner.

For the Times story, a reporter followed around 56-year-old Jake Orta as he went scavenging through the trash of Zuckerberg and other local super-wealthy homeowners in his quest to make about $40 a day. The newspaper notes that trash picking is technically illegal but that police rarely bust anyone. Business Insider, meanwhile, sees a connection to a bigger issue, noting that "Zuckerberg has signaled recently that he intends to pivot Facebook to privacy and prioritize the personal information of his billions of users." (More Mark Zuckerberg stories.)

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