Mark Zuckerberg makes his profile more private (Further proof that Facebook’s CEO was confused by company’s privacy settings)
On Thursday, I discovered Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s profile had gotten dramatically de-privatized. It appeared to me that Zuck had gotten confused by Facebook’s new privacy transition and had accidentally made his profile more public than he intended. The blogosphere has been raining hate down on the company for its confusing — and some say, deceptive — new privacy settings for users.
After the story of Zuck’s suddenly-accessible profile made the rounds in the tech blogosphere, Zuckerberg put up a Facebook status update saying all we bloggers were wrong for alleging he was confused by the privacy transition. He said he “set more of his content to be open so people could see it.” Dan Frommer at Business Insider defended Zuckerberg, saying the CEO is no dummy and obviously did this to show he believes in a more open society.
Um, well, Zuckerberg has changed his settings once again. Apparently, he believes in a not-quite-that-open society. His friends list and events calendar are now hidden from “friends of friends” and non-friends. Here’s the side by side comparison of the changes Zuck has made since last week:
I am a “friend of a friend” so I can still see photos of Mark Zuckerberg. Perhaps he thought these changes were subtle enough that no one would notice he made them, as most of the media followed Gawker’s lead in focusing on Zuckerberg’s photos being accessible.
The fact that he has privatized his friends list is especially ironic as the company tried to eliminate that as an option in the first round of privacy changes.
The fact that he privatized his events calendar — showing where and when he would be at certain locations — makes sense to me. I saw that as a security risk. He is a billionaire after all. And after this round of privacy changes, he is hated by many, many Facebook users.