A series of “embarrassing and damaging” IMs from Mark Zuckerberg have been confirmed as real by The New Yorker, and by the Facebook founder himself. Among them, an exchange once leaked to Silicon Alley Insider in which Zuckerberg explains to a friend that his control of Facebook affords him access to any personal information he might care to access on any Harvard student:
ZUCK: yea so if you ever need info about anyone at harvard
ZUCK: just ask
ZUCK: i have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, sns
FRIEND: 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
Then, there’s this gem…
FRIEND: so have you decided what you are going to do about the websites?
ZUCK: yea i’m going to fuck them
ZUCK: probably in the year
Allow me to be the first: Christ, what an asshole. In fairness, these IMs date from 2006, and Zuckerberg’s colleagues are quoted as forgiving him for youthful indiscretion. I’m sure all of us have sent IMs that would be “damning and embarassing,” I know I have—but then, I’m not sitting on hundreds of thousands of people’s personal data and making jokes about violating their privacy. Also? The IMs in question were sent less than four years ago.
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