Meat-Killer Zuckerberg Says Users Get Over Privacy Fears
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg may think his site's users can get over their anxiety about privacy. But someday he may regret that he wasn't more private about his new eating habits.
In a recent interview with Fortune magazine, the 27-year-old billionaire said that, from now on, "the only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself." He added that he had this realization when he hosted a pig roast at his house.
"A bunch of people told me that, even though they loved eating pork," he recalled, "they really didn't want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive." Zuckerberg said he found that approach "irresponsible," and added that people should "take responsibility" for what they eat.
After successfully rendering a lobster edible, Zuckerberg moved on to other animals, learning techniques that he said were as efficient and painless as possible.
He announced in May on his Facebook page that he had "just killed a pig and a goat." The chef at a restaurant near Zuckerberg's house, called Flea Street Café, introduced him to local farmers, who instructed him in how to kill a chicken, a pig, and a goat. According to news reports, while Zuckerberg does the actual killing, a butcher does the rest.
The net effect of his attitude toward kill-what-you-eat is, he said, that "basically" he's become a vegetarian, apparently because the effort involved is not feasible on a regular basis.
Zuckerberg's stint as his own butcher is part of his ambition to have a big challenge every year, although finding a big enough challenge can be, well, challenging for someone who has created the world's largest social-networking site and become the youngest self-made billionaire. Last year, Zuckerberg's challenge was learning Mandarin Chinese. The year before: Wearing a tie daily.
A 'Real Anxiety'
In more ways than one, the Facebook CEO believes people learn to deal with uncomfortable reality. Take privacy, he told the e-G8 Forum in Paris this week.
There's a pattern with the introduction of new features that are perceived to impact privacy, Zuckerberg told the conference. A new feature on Facebook would roll out, and "pretty often there'll be this backlash, and people will say, OK, we don't like this new thing." It involves a "real anxiety," he said, but then it becomes "just part of the site" until people wonder how Facebook ever existed without that feature.
Facebook has faced numerous privacy issues, such as the amount of user information it makes available to application developers who utilize the Facebook platform. Last month, the company admitted to hiring public-relations firm Burson-Marsteller to plant stories about Google's privacy practices.
At the e-G8 Forum, the example Zuckerberg gave of anxiety then acceptance was the introduction of the news feed that allowed friends to track what other friends are doing. At first there was a "backlash," he said, but now people can't imagine "how can there be Facebook without this?"
Of course, getting used to something that at first seemed icky could be applied to many areas of modern life. Like, say, eating meat.
Posted: 2011-06-01 @ 12:15pm PT
my privacy concerns with facebook and its likes is not about keeping information secret. it is about the very low price (zero $) that they pay for information that is valued much higher by the markets. If marketers would pay me to share that information, maybe I would. But for now they pay Facebook for my information. Not a fair deal.