December 28, 2012

Sister of Facebook Creator Upset Private Photo Goes Public


Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook head honcho Mark Zuckerberg, recently fell prey to Facebook’s privacy settings and she was not exactly thrilled. 

Randi posted a harmless photo of her and some family members standing around a kitchen playing with a new mobile Facebook app. The photo shows the families reaction to the new app with Mark standing in the background. 

When Randi posted the photo and tagged some of her friends and family members, it became visible to the mutual friends tagged in said photo. That photo was then posted to Twitter and Randi responded in a series of Tweets.

"Digital etiquette: Always ask permission before posting a friend's photo publicly. It's not about privacy settings, it's about human decency,” she tweeted from her personal Twitter @randizuckerberg. 

To further express her displeasure, Randi sent a direct message to Callie Schweitzer who originally posted the photo on Twitter. The message said "Not sure where you got this photo. I posted it to friends only on FB. You reposting it to Twitter is way uncool," she wrote.

Schweitzer has since apologized saying she saw the photo on her news feed. This raises the privacy question, where users aren’t necessarily “protected” and have experienced a similar situation to Randi.

"This is absolutely about privacy settings. That person shouldn't have seen it. Your brother's site is doing this to us all!" an unnamed user reacted to Randi Zuckerberg's Twitter message.

It’s hard to fathom that Zuckerbeg, Facebook’s former marketing director, would not understand the privacy settings for the company so closely associated with her family. Or maybe it was all a publicity stunt, as she later Tweeted that she would tackle the privacy issues on her next show, Start Ups, a Silicon Valley reality show where she is a producer. 

Whether Zuckerberg’s tantrum was a ploy or not, Facebook’s privacy settings do pose a problem for users, and is sure to continue to be a hot topic in the future.




Edited by Jamie Epstein



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