Mark Zuckerberg’s sister becomes victim of Facebook privacy issues

Dec 26, 2012
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Facebook has long been getting criticism for its privacy practices on its users, and it looks like the CEO's own sister is having issues of her own with the social networking giant. Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, complained on Twitter when a photo she posted that was meant to be set as private ended up being public somehow.

Randi, who is a former marketing director of Facebook, posted a photo to her Facebook page showing her family’s reaction to the new Poke app that was released last week, and According to Buzzfeed, a friend of a friend saw the photo and reposted it on Twitter, which turned a semi-private moment into a very public affair.

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It turns out that Vox Media's Callie Schweitzer is friends with one of Randi Zuckerberg's friends and thought that the photo was a public Facebook post. Schweitzer ended up posting the adorable photo to Twitter, not meaning to cause any harm to Zuckerberg. However, Zuckerberg wasn't too happy that the photo was made public and cried foul that her privacy had been violated.

Schweitzer immediately apologized and meant no harm, saying that the photo appeared at the top of her feed and "seemed public." In the end, it turns out Randi Zuckerberg didn't have her privacy settings tuned exactly how she wanted them, and didn't know that a photo of hers was being posted to friends of friends, instead of just her friends. However, she ends up blaming the whole fiasco on social media etiquette, and that you should "always ask permission before posting a friend's photo publicly. It's not about privacy settings, it's about human decency."

[via Buzzfeed]


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