Zuckerberg In 2009: Facebook Will Never Sell Your Information

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Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg insisted in 2009 that the social media site would never sell users’ personal information.

Edward Snowden tweeted out a video on Tuesday that showed Zuckerberg addressing privacy concerns on his website.

“The person who’s putting the content on Facebook always owns the information, and that’s why this is such an important thing,” Zuckerberg said, “and why Facebook is such a special service that people feel a lot of ownership over.”

“No of course not,” he said when asked if Facebook would ever sell user data. “We’re not going to share people’s information except for with the people they’ve asked for it to be shared.”


His promise flies in the face of recent reports that app developers sold the data of 50 million users to Cambridge Analytica. Facebook says that those developers broke their terms of service by collecting data on users who did not consent to sharing their data.

The company also recently tightened their terms of service to prevent future breaches of security.

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