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Mark Zuckerberg: Privacy a 'Third Rail'

Looks like Mark Zuckerberg was able to give a New Yorker writer access without saying anything too controversial: The magazine’s new profile of him doesn’t contain anything too shocking. While Zuckerberg said he “absolutely” regretted instant messages he sent in college in which he called his customers “dumb fucks” for trusting him, he’s defensive about criticism over Facebook’s privacy policy, which he calls a “third-rail issue.” “A lot of people who are worried about privacy and those kinds of issues will take any minor misstep that we make and turn it into as big a deal as possible,” he said. “We realize that people will probably criticize us for this for a long time, but we just believe that this is the right thing to do.” Said one blogging critic, “If you are twenty-six years old, you’ve been a golden child, you’ve been wealthy all your life, you’ve been privileged all your life, you’ve been successful your whole life, of course you don’t think anybody would ever have anything to hide."