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Facebook Founder/CEO Doesn’t Believe in Privacy, And I Mostly Agree

by Robyn Tippins on April 28, 2010

Nick Bilton on Facebook Privacy

In this ‘off the record’, or ‘unattributed’, or whatever you want to call it, Tweet, Nick Bilton gets the nitty-gritty on how Zuckerberg feels about user privacy.  Now, to be fair, I’m sure he’s not totally against some user privacy, but it’s the internet people!  Other than your date-of-birth, emails, social security number, and your address/phone number, nothing you put on the internet really needs to be private.

Less private content means better archival options (I can link directly to what you said), transparency among identities, and less trollery.  Remember, anonymous comments are the bane of the internet, and in no way contribute to a discussion.  Making real people, with real identities, a possibility means we can really cut down on asshats and spam, and that’s what all this Identity 2.0 stuff is trying to do.

My two cents… Don’t expect anything on the net to be private. If you want to keep your opinions to yourself, don’t post them to Twitter or Facebook. If you feel the need to only share them with a handful of people, just group text them or email them. Otherwise, I see no problem w/Facebook, or any company, pushing the limits of so-called privacy on the net a bit. Remember, Blippy couldn’t even keep your Credit Cards safe (Techmeme), so you should assume that if your content is out there, it may one day see the light.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Morris Grezky May 27, 2010 at 10:51 am

I’m finding it more difficult to trust these social networking sites. Their apathy towards privacy concerns have reached absurd levels with blippy. But I guess it is a kind of social darwinism in action. Those that seek out and use a service like blippy probably deserve the eventual privacy nightmare that will befall them. I don’t understand why people voluntarily hand over so much of their private information. For example, with blippy you have to sometimes provide your gmail password info, banking password info, etc. Complete insanity.


cocodonald July 13, 2010 at 3:42 am

yeah the same as the Morris Grezky ,there are so many unsafe social networking sites,it is so difficult to trust and do next….


vibram August 3, 2010 at 2:04 am

I agree with that if you have some private ,don’t post them to Twitter or Facebook.


Christian August 9, 2010 at 1:51 am

i agree with vibram of views
this is a Interesting problem


3eer August 11, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I agree with that if you have some private


3eer August 11, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I don’t understand why people voluntarily hand over so much of their private information.


Connor Bringas August 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Well, with facebook privacy such as that new location area, its hard to enjoy privacy nowadays. Type in anyone’s name you know in google and you can find their facebook. And on someone’s facebook is always private information. Sure you could make it so visitors dont see your information..but under the meta description it sometimes shows you where their located..anyway good blog


Nick Stamoulis August 30, 2010 at 6:30 am

Well, when we decide to participate in these social networks, we sort of give up our privacy in some aspects. Sure you can set certain things to private, but for the most part, expect that you will lose your privacy and be careful and choosy in what you are putting out into the online space.


Robyn Tippins August 30, 2010 at 11:14 am

Exactly, it’s our decision and we shouldn’t gripe when what we post for the world to see is, inevitably, seen by the world. Who knows, it might just get us a cable reality show 😉



Rosaria Veader February 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

I was aware about this already, nevertheless there are a few useful bits that completed the picture to me, regards!


Lucas Nguyan February 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My blog has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any methods to help reduce content from being stolen? I’d really appreciate it.


Exposure PR March 18, 2011 at 2:48 am

Well just be responsible enough in using social network site or else it will give you trouble.


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