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Zuckerberg Declared Privacy Was ‘Extremely Important’ Prior To Security Scandal
By Mikelle Leow, 02 Apr 2018
Image via catwalker / Shutterstock.com
Not long before news broke out that Facebook had allowed the privacy of 50 million accounts to be leaked, Mark Zuckerberg publicly announced that the security of users was an utmost priority.
Speaking to Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics Radio last summer, the Facebook CEO claimed that people found it safe to share content because they were under the impression that their privacy was being safeguarded.
The interview is slated to be published this week, and Fast Company has retrieved its transcript.
“Privacy is extremely important,” Zuckerberg was heard saying.
“And people engage and share their content and feel free to connect because they know that their privacy is going to be protected.”
“A lot of what I think social networks can do well are, first, you connect over something that you have in common… Now I think one of the most important things that you do is build tools for more private communications.”
Fast forward a few months, and Zuckerberg has filled out full-page newspaper ads to apologize for breaching users’ privacy.
Just like his favorite t-shirt, there is always a gray area to what “security” might mean in the tech world.
You can listen to the full interview on the Freakonomics podcast starting 2 April 2018.
[via Fast Company, cover image via catwalker / Shutterstock.com]
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