Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, Dan Rose, vice president, partnerships at Facebook, and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, attend the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 12, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Just imagine for a moment that you struck gold.
You took an idea and developed it into a license to print money, a product so popular it quickly won more than a billion customers all over the world. It made you fantastically wealthy.
And all you had to do to keep the gravy train rolling for years was treat your customers with basic respect.
But Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook enablers like Sheryl Sandberg who joined him along the way couldn’t handle that seemingly simple task.
According to NBC News, four years’ worth of leaked Facebook documents show how Zuckerberg and company tried to “consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its users’ data as a bargaining chip, while publicly proclaiming to be protecting that data.”
Friends and cronies were rewarded with access; other were punished.
Facebook claims these documents were “cherry-picked” and lacked context, which is what they always claim when they get caught.
But according to NBC, the documents show that “where privacy is mentioned, it is often in the context of how Facebook can use it as a public relations strategy to soften the blow of the sweeping changes to developers’ access to user data.”
This is what happens when good ideas go bad in the hands of greed-crazed con-men and con-women.
Time for Congress to step in and break up this ethics-free gang.
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