A private photo posted by Randi Zuckerberg on her Facebook account was posted by one of her subscribers using Twitter making it public for the world to see. The sister of Facebook’s CEO was not pleased by it calling the act “uncool.” According to her tweet, she posted the photo on Facebook exclusive to her friends only. She was mad because she thought her privacy was violated when someone she didn’t know shared her private photo to the world.
Vox Media’s Callie Schweitzer, 24, posted the photo on Twitter without permission from Zuckerberg. According to her, the photo showed on her timeline and thought it was because she subscribed to her updates. But that wasn’t the case because Zuckerberg said she set the photo’s privacy setting to “Friends Only.”
Because of this incident, Facebook’s complicated privacy setting has once again become prey to criticisms. Mark Zuckerberg’s company has been facing a lot of privacy-related problems lately and an incident like this is the least Facebook needs. But this time around, it’s not just any users facing this problem; it’s the CEO’s dear sister and former head of marketing for the company. That’s one of the reasons this simple privacy concern made it to mainstream media.
Schweitzer deleted the photo after Zuckerberg criticized her but it was too late as millions have probably seen her private photo (shown above). According to Schweitzer’s tweet, it demonstrates the family’s response to the newly-launched Poke app on Facebook. Sorry to disappoint but it’s not really a “private” kind of private photo; it’s something people often keep to themselves and not to be shared to people who don’t really care.
In the end, both Zuckerberg and Schweitzer agreed that the photo showed on the latter’s timeline because she is a friend of the former’s sister.
Randi Zuckerberg said in a tweet that she is now exchanging emails with Schweitzer and that she’s starting to like her personality.