Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg purportedly called people who willingly handed over their private data to him as “dumb f***s” in a message chat with friends.
The comments were made when Zuckerberg was 19 years old and studying at Harvard but have been unearthed again this week.
According to Business Insider the message exchange between Zuckerberg and friends went as follows:
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
[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don’t know why.
Zuck: They “trust me”
Zuck: Dumb fucks.
Facebook of course is still trying to weather the storm regarding recent scandal about user privacy and data.
The company has come under scrutiny as it was revealed a UK company had had improperly gained data and other information on over 50 million Facebook users.
CEO and Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has made his first public appearance since the furore began and has addressed the Cambridge Analytica issue on CNN.
The 33-year-old billionaire and philanthropist told CNN that he would happily appear in front of the US Congress “if it’s the right thing to do”.
He added, “This was a major breach of trust, and I’m really sorry that this happened.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he is "sure someone's trying" to use Facebook to meddle with the US midterm elections. "There are going to be some new tactics that we need to make sure that we observe and get in front of" https://t.co/W2WMtTnBpw pic.twitter.com/ooMGj3TfXR
— CNN (@CNN) 22 March 2018
Facebook revealed the data intrusion and harvest was carried out by a psychology academic called Aleksandr Kogan who had recently developed an app for Facebook which was downloaded by over 270,000 users. Mr Kogan then violated Facebook policies when forwarded the data to Cambridge Analytica.
Although Facebook requested the data be deleted it never was, an alleged oversight on their part it seems.
Zuckerberg explained how the oversight occurred, “I don’t know about you, but I’m used to when people legally certify that they are going to do something, that they do it. But I think this was clearly a mistake in retrospect.”
The Facebook founder stated that the company has “already taken the most important steps to prevent such a situation from happening again,” adding it was an “intensive process”.
New regulations already in place will ban developers who do not agree to an audit, and an app’s developer will no longer have access to data from people who have not used that app in three months. Zuckerberg said the company would “get in front” of the issue, further adding “This isn’t rocket science. There’s a lot of hard work we have to do to make it harder for nation-states like Russia to do election interference.”