Zuckerberg family photo owned by Randi Zuckerberg went public, sparks debate on Facebook privacy settings

By on Dec 27, 2012 in Internet, Lifestyle, Technology Comments

A Zuckerberg family photo with Randi Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg‘s sister, went publicly after someone posted it on Twitter, thinking that it there will be no problem sharing it. Randi, who posted the photo on her official Facebook page, complained of online etiquette; and the issue sparked a debate on Facebook‘s privacy settings.

Randi Zuckerberg Mark Zuckerberg sister

Randi Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg’s sister
Image Credit: Randi Zuckerberg Twitter

@randizuckerberg demonstrates her family’s response to Poke #GAH,” Callie Schweitzer (@cschweitzer), a Vox Media marketing director, tweeted this Wednesday, December 26, 2012, along with a photo of Randi Zuckerberg‘s family, together with younger brother Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook.

The Zuckerberg family photo, which was believed to have been taken on Christmas Day, depicts the family in a kitchen as they stand around the table, and apparently having fun with the newly re-imagined Facebook Poke app. So basically, there’s nothing wrong with the picture, except that Randi want it to be private.

Shortly after, Randi Zuckerberg learned about it and sent a tweet to Schweitzer, saying, “Not sure where you got this photo. I posted it to friends only on FB. You reposting it to Twitter is way uncool.” This means that she wanted that photo not to be seen on public. But how come that Schweitzer was able to see it?

@randizuckerberg I’m just your subscriber and this was top of my newsfeed. Genuinely sorry but it came up in my feed and seemed public.” Schweitzer responded to Randi, and deleted the said photo. But not after it has been spread online and appeared in various sites such as Buzzfeed, Mashable, Business Insider, among others.

“Digital etiquette: always ask permission before posting a friend’s photo publicly. It’s not about privacy settings, it’s about human decency.” Randi, who is also a former marketing director of Facebook and is now a reality TV show producer, tweeted later. She added the issue could be her topic on her next TV show.

“Fwiw, I’ve been exchanging emails w/ @cschweitz & she seems lovely. The silver lining? Glad to see a thoughtful debate on sharing/etiquette.” Randi tweeted a few hours ago, which suggested that she and Callie did not have problems with each other. However the debate on Facebook‘s privacy settings ignited again.

Incidentally, Facebook recently made some updates on the privacy settings on Facebook, which include the Request and Removal tool that can be used to request other users to remove them from the photos they have been tagged in. Nevertheless, Facebook reminded their users that photos can still appear in other places on Facebook, including others’ timelines.

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