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Mark Zuckerberg Once Branded Facebook Users As Dumb F***s’ For Handing Over Their Personal Data

This is why I don’t do Facebook too much, I might peek in every blue, but this more reason to maybe throw the whole app away!…. As you know, Facebook has been in the hot seat after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica bought 50 million Facebook users’s data without consent, which is said to have been used to help elect President Donald Trump.

Now, a remark that was reported to the media back in 2010 Zuckerberg, has resurfaced in light of this big scandal. It shows what thinks of the millions of people who log in everyday to connect with friends, family and groups.

According to Dailymail.com:

First picked up on by the media in 2010, his comments have now re-surfaced in the wake of a privacy row involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.

The firm is reported to have bought data from 50 million Facebook users that was obtained without their permission.

This information is said to have been used to help elect President Donald Trump in the US, as well as to boost the Brexit campaign in the UK. The leaked conversation was published in a Medium blog post by journalist Maria Bustillos.

Ms Bustillos it shows that Zuckerberg has a long history of disregarding the privacy expectations of users over handling of their data.

The conversation, which has since been discussed widely on social media, ran as follows:

Zuckerberg: Yea so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard, just ask. ‘i have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, sns Friend: what!? how’d you manage that one?

Zuckerberg: people just submitted it. i don’t know why. they “trust me”. dumb f***s.

Cambridge Analytica is the firm currently centre of a scandal over alleged misuse of Facebook users’ personal data. Cambridge Analytica, a communications firm based in London, was hired by the team behind Donald Trump’s successful US presidential bid.

An affiliate of British firm Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), Cambridge Analytica has offices in London, New York, Washington, as well as Brazil and Malaysia.

The company boasts it can ‘find your voters and move them to action’ through data-driven campaigns and a team that includes data scientists and behavioural psychologists.

‘Within the United States alone, we have played a pivotal role in winning presidential races as well as congressional and state elections,’ with data on more than 230 million American voters, Cambridge Analytica claims on its website.

Speaking to TechCrunch in 2017, CEO Alexander Nix said the firm was ‘always acquiring more’ data.

‘Every day we have teams looking for new data sets,’ he told the site.

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