Randi Zuckerberg shared the above photo of her family—including Facebook Czar-in-Chief Mark Zuckerberg—on Facebook. Then it got out into the world, and Randi got all upset about her privacy. Oh, boo hoo, Randi!
The story goes like this: Randi Zukcerberg posted the photo of her family fooling around with Facebook’s new Snapchat clone, Poke. When the photo popped up on her newsfeed, Vox Media’s Callie Schweitzer thought it was a public Facebook post. Schweitzer subscribes to Zuckerberg’s feed and she and Zuckerberg aren’t Facebook friends. So Schweitzer posted the adorable picture to Twitter.
Digital etiquette: always ask permission before posting a friend’s photo publicly. It’s not about privacy settings, it’s about human decency
— Randi Zuckerberg (@randizuckerberg) December 26, 2012
Then Randi cried foul that her privacy had been violated. Turns out Schweitzer is friends with yet another Zuckerberg who appears in that photo, and that’s why it popped up in her feed. Schweitzer immediately apologised, deleted the original tweet.
@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.
— Callie Schweitzer (@cschweitz) December 26, 2012
But hold the phone Callie! Don’t apologise. If Randi Zuckerberg doesn’t understand her privacy settings, and how a photo on Facebook might suddenly fly out of control—that’s her problem. Maybe she should read our handy guide to the new Facebook privacy. [Buzzfeed]