John Gruber, at Daring Fireball, flagged an interesting sidelight on the current Facebook debate.
Zeynep Tufekci for Wired explained ‘WHY MARK ZUCKERBERG’S 14-YEAR APOLOGY TOUR HASN’T FIXED FACEBOOK’. Apparently, before Facebook Zuckerberg had another site a website called Facemash which “began nonconsensually [sic] scraping pictures of students at Harvard from the school’s intranet and asking users to rate their hotness.”
Zuckerberg apologized at the time for his lack of foresight, while managing to imply that his intentions were misunderstood. You may wonder about his sincerity, since a little later he was describing Facebook users in these terms: “They trust me — dumb f***s”. But he has assured the New Yorker since that “I think I’ve grown and learned a lot” . If you haven’t read that 2010 New Yorker article by Jose Antonio Vargas, give it a go. You might find it illuminating, if not altogether comfortable with your relationship with Facebook (if you have one).