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Randi Zuckerberg Falls Prey To Facebook's Confusing Privacy Controls

Randi Zuckerberg Falls Prey To Facebook's Confusing Privacy Controls
12/28/2012 4:19 AM ET

It turned out to be a rather embarrassing Christmas for Randi Zuckerberg, former director at Facebook, after she was misled by the social network's confusing privacy controls.

The 30 year old sibling of facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a picture of her family, checking out facebook's new app, Poke, which allows users to share pictures that self-destruct shortly after being opened. Callie Schweitzer, a marketing director at Vox Media, found the picture sailing down her facebook feed and, thinking it was a public photo, shared it again on Twitter.

Schweitzer was able to see the picture simply because she was friends on facebook with Randi's sister. She immediately assumed that it was open for public viewing and tweeted it on Twiter.

So what does the picture show? It shows several family members of Randi, including Mark, standing around the kitchen, looking at their cell phones and seeming ecstatic.

Randi, who was immediately upset about the picture being circulated around the Internet, confronted Schweitzer on Twitter, informing her that a user's picture appears on a non-friend's News Feed when a mutual friend is tagged in it.

The incident would have surely sent the message home to Zuckerberg and Co, reminding them that their privacy controls have far too many intricacies and that users might sometimes fail to understand them.

by RTT Staff Writer

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