Mark Zuckerberg Secretly Filmed While Being Asked About Privacy


Mark Zuckerberg had the tables turned on him when documentary filmmakers approached his home, prying him with questions about Facebook’s privacy issues.

Cullen Hoback is the filmmaker and director of the recently-released film, “Terms and Conditions May Apply,” which documents privacy-infringement issues within the online hub.  According to the Agence France-Presse, the movie, released in select theaters, shows an uncomfortable Zuckerberg attempting to wave off the questions.

Mr Zuckerberg? I’m working on a documentary,” Hoback asked outside of Zuckerberg’s home. “I was wondering if I could just ask you a couple of questions? Do you still think privacy is dead? What are your real thoughts on privacy?”

Are you guys recording?” Zuckerberg replied. “Will you please not?”

At this, Hoback turned off the main camera but left on the barely-visible camera in his spy glasses that the Facebook founder was unaware of. It was a telling scene, eerily representative of the Facebook privacy model. Even if you get rid of your Facebook account, your data is still stored in its database. Hoback wanted Zuckerberg to experience privacy infringement first-hand.

I just wanted him to say, ‘Look, I don’t want you to record me,’ and I wanted to say, ‘Look, I don’t want you to record us,’” he said.

The documentary, which took two years to make, states that it would take the typical Internet user 180 hours to fully read all the terms and conditions attached to their favorite websites.

I really think of the audience as the main character, because this has been happening to us for all of these years,” he said. “The problem is, right now, you either get the service (you want to use on the Internet) or you don’t. There’s no one sitting at your side of the table negotiating these contracts.”

Facebook has had to alter their privacy policy several times over the past few years due to complaints. And a careless attitude towards users’ privacy may have begun as early as when Facebook was still a dorm-room creation. According to instant message transcripts obtained by Business Insider a few years ago, this is exactly the case. An exchange between Zuckerberg and a friend goes as follows:

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask.

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don’t know why.

Zuck: They “trust me”

Zuck: Dumb fucks.