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Zuckerberg’s Sister Gets Angry Over Facebook Privacy Settings

December 26, 2012

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online

A family member of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is complaining about the gigantic social network’s privacy problems. Randi, Zuckerberg’s sister, is far from happy about how a private Facebook photo was able to go public, breaching the privacy settings.

Tuesday night, Randi Zuckerberg, Mark’s older sister, posted a photo of a family gathering to Facebook, showing her sisters using Facebook’s new “Poke” app on their phones.

The photo popped up on the Facebook newsfeed of Callie Schweitzer, director of marketing and projects at VoxMedia, who subscribes to Zuckerberg. Schweitzer then tweeted the photo to nearly 40,000 Twitter followers.

“Not sure where you got this photo,” Randi tweeted at Schweitzer. “I posted it to friends only on FB. You reposting it to Twitter is way uncool.”

“I would hate for a private photo of mine to be public and would never want to do same to others,” replied Schweitzer, deleting the photo.

Schweitzer is friends with one of the people in the photo, and was able to see the private photo because a friend was tagged in it. The overly complicated Facebook privacy settings became obvious to the family members of Facebook amid the controversial picture posting.

While the problems could be pinpointed to the complex privacy settings Facebook offers, Randi Zuckerberg instead pointed the finger at Schweitzer’s “digital etiquette.”

“Always ask permission before posting a friend´s photo publicly. It´s not about privacy settings. It´s about human decency,” Randi posted via Twitter.

Randi was the former head of marketing for Facebook and the executive producer of Bravo’s reality series Silicon Valley.

This isn’t the first time a photo from the Facebook family made its way into the public eye. Last year at around the same time, a glitch in Facebook’s privacy settings allowed photos from Mark’s private album to be leaked to the public.

The controversy also comes at a time when Facebook-owned Instagram updated its privacy policies, which originally contained a wording to allow users’ photos to be employed by advertisers. Once complaints went viral, the company backpedaled and reworded its privacy policy.


Source: Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online



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