Originally, Facebook did not want to comment on our story about Mark Zuckerberg’s attitude toward privacy or the instant-message exchange we published earlier.
(In the IM exchange, which may just have been silly dorm-room chitchat, Mark called Harvard students who trusted him with their phone numbers and email addresses “dumb.”)
The company has since given us a statement:
“The privacy and security of our users’ information is of paramount importance to us. We’re not going to debate claims from anonymous sources or dated allegations that attempt to characterise Mark’s and Facebook’s views towards privacy.
Everyone within the company understands our success is inextricably linked with people’s trust in the company and the service we provide. We are grateful people continue to place their trust in us. We strive to earn that trust by trying to be open and direct about the evolution of the service and sharing information on how the 400 million people on the service can use the available settings to control where their information appears.”
For the record, we believe every word of this statement. Persuading Facebook’s hundreds of millions of users that the company is committed to protecting their privacy is critical to the company’s future success.
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