In 2003, a then 19 year old Mark Zuckerberg was in the middle of an exchange with a friend of his about his new website, The Facebook. But what on Earth was he talking about when he said “I don’t know why they trust me”?
While chatting to a friend by instant messages Mark Zuckerberg was talking about the users of the new website that he had just created, the website that would soon go on to become the second biggest website on the internet, The Facebook, as it was known then. But in the exchange Mark Zuckerberg didn’t just end with “I don’t know why they trust me”. He added insult to injury with his last comment by saying “Dumb fucks.”
Facebook has not confirmed or denied that this exchange took place. Mark Zuckerberg however, has said that he regrets ever saying it.
You must remember that he said this in 2003, and as a person who was still very young and naive. We all say and do things when we are young, and as we grow older we are glad that everyone has forgotten about it. In this case however, the fact that Facebook has gone onto huge success has ensured that the silly things that Zuckerberg has said in the past, both privately and publicly, will never remain in the past. The one saving grace about this interaction becoming public is that he has most likely learned a valuable lesson and will most likely never do something like it ever again.The question now is, did he learn that his attitude was wrong, or to be more guarded when expressing your thoughts and opinions?
This is an extract of the now infamous exchange:
Zuckerberg: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuckerberg: Just ask.
Zuckerberg: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuckerberg: People just submitted it.
Zuckerberg: I don’t know why.
Zuckerberg: They “trust me”
Zuckerberg: Dumb fucks.