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TBT: Mark Zuckerberg Told the BBC in 2009 That Facebook Will Never Sell Anyone’s Information

Eight years ago, the world was already anticipating that Facebook may be in the position to sell people’s information, as has happened in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called attention to a video of a BBC interview in which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook would never share or sell anyone’s personal information.

“The person who’s putting the content on Facebook always owns the information, and that’s why this is such an important thing,” a fresh-faced, tie-wearing Zuck said. “And [it’s] why Facebook is such a special service that people feel a lot of ownership over.”

“This is their information, they own it,” he added.

The interviewer asked if Facebook would ever sell people’s personal information, and Zuckerberg responded firmly in the negative.

“So just to be clear, you’re not going to sell, or share, any of the information on Facebook?” she pressed him.

“We’re not going to share people’s information except for with the people that they’ve asked for it to be shared.”

Zuckerberg spent the past two days testifying in Congress over how Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, was able to do just that without people’s permission – 87 million people, to be exact.

Watch above, via the BBC.

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