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 *****.
Silicon Valley Insider points out that Zuckerberg was only 19 at the time of the alleged conversation, and that the remarks are completely without context (i.e. it’s very possible that Zuckerberg was simply joking around with a friend).
Facebook issued a statement in response to the alleged transcript, which is as follows:
“The privacy and security of our users’ information is of paramount importance to us. We’re not going to debate claims from anonymous sources or dated allegations that attempt to characterize Mark’s and Facebook’s views towards privacy.
Everyone within the company understands our success is inextricably linked with people’s trust in the company and the service we provide. We are grateful people continue to place their trust in us. We strive to earn that trust by trying to be open and direct about the evolution of the service and sharing information on how the 400 million people on the service can use the available settings to control where their information appears.”
Facebook says nothing about whether or not the transcript is real, and simply calls the allegations “dated.”
What we should note is that Zuckerberg’s attitude toward Facebook is not at all out of the ordinary for his (my) generation–most kids brought up with the internet scoff at the idea that sharing pictures and info on the web might be considered a big deal.