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Ironic: Facebook’s New Privacy Settings Cause Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister’s Private Photo To Go Public


I’m not sure anyone I know is truly happy with their privacy settings on Facebook. Either they don’t understand them or, if they do, they find them unsatisfactory. Yet we all keep using the free social networking website. But oddly enough, the site’s privacy settings recently caused some strife in founder Mark Zuckerberg’s family. One of his sister’s photos was posted publicly online even though she thought it was set to private. 

We recently discussed Facebook’s new privacy settings, including a feature that would allow anyone to message you for a dollar. It seems with each new update, users get more confused and/or angry, which is the case with Zuckerberg’s sister Randi.

Our sister site, Geekosystem, explains:

Randi Zuckerberg posted a photo of her family playing with the new Poke app to Facebook. She thought she did this privately, but as so many have already found out, what we think is private and what Facebook thinks is private can be two very different things. The picture wound up in the feed of Vox Medi’s Callie Schweitzer who assumed she was seeing the picture because she subscribes to Zuckerberg’s Facebook feed, meaning the photo was public. Schweitzer then tweeted the picture.

Schweitzer was wrong. She didn’t see the photo because she was subscribed to Zuckerberg’s feed, she saw it because she’s friends with another one of  Zuckerberg’s sisters who was tagged in the photo. Randi Zuckerberg took to Twitter to complain and got into a conversation with Schweitzer who eventually took down the photo in question. After all was said and done, Zuckerberg tweeted:

Actually, I’d say this is exactly about privacy settings but to be fair, Zuckerberg seemed genuinely upset someone would post her picture online without her permission. However, as the chairman’s sister, we didn’t expect her to badmouth the company.

(via Geekosystem, image via ShoeBoxBlog.com)

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  • http://twitter.com/kinelfire Foxtrot Delta

    Going by the content of the pictured tweet, she was referring to the photo being reposted on Twitter, not Facebook. It reads like a passive aggressive tweet regarding Schweitzer posting the photo, not that it showed up in her Facebook feed in the first place. But that’s just my interpretation.

  • Terence Ng

    “Human decency” does not describe what you think it describes, Randi. At least not in any way that involves the specific photo she had a conniption over. Ooo, a photo of you and your family smiling and laughing in your kitchen. How indecent…And way to, you know, not apologize for pitching a fit, but still accept one from the person you attacked. “Way uncool.”

    Sorry, but for how Facebook treats its users’ privacy, including recycling “like” history of the deceased in the present and selling “likes” to companies that users are completely unaffiliated with, seeking some sort of moral high ground for something like this is a steaming pile. I’d play my tiny violin, but…

  • http://psychotronicvortex.tumblr.com/ Psychotronic (Michael F.)

    This is why I have tags set for pre-approval. Even though you might have a photo set to be shared with friends only, if you decide to tag a friend in the picture then that person’s friends can see the picture too. It’s a little-known rule in Facebook’s privacy settings. Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg’s sister didn’t know about it.

  • http://twitter.com/HrrcnIslndhrt HrrcnIslndhrt

    Yes, that’s what she’s talking about, but it doesn’t matter – SHE posted it “publicly” in the first place, so it’s fair game. If you post something that’s open to the public (or even large portions of the public), expect it to also end up “public” on Twitter, Tumblr, or any other social media site – that’s how social media WORKS.

    Zuckerberg just needs to understand how to use her brother’s creation’s privacy settings better. Isn’t that what Facebook tells the rest of us?

  • Anonymous

    Use Diaspora, instead.