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Mark Zuckerberg Called People Who Handed Over Their Data "Dumb F****"

He might as well have predicted Facebook’s downfall
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What a week its been for Facebook, the social media giant has plummeted $37bn in value after news broke of a so-called data grab on more than 50 million profiles by Cambridge Analytica, a political research company with links to Trump. Then there's Alex Stamos, Facebook's Chief Security Officer who seems to be refusing to step down. 

Now let's go back to an IM exchange on their Harvard campus Mark had with a college friend might have been telling of things to come as he expressed disbelief that so many people would willingly hand over their information

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.

Sure, this was 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, not long after he had launched Facebook from the comfort of his own dorm room.

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He might have just been bragging to his friend, he wasn’t to know the data treasure trove Facebook would become 14 years later with 2.2 billion users.

Back then he wasn’t the sixth richest person in the world, with a net worth of $70 billion.

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He was just some student probably sitting in his pants IM’ing.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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