Much has been made recently over the fact that while Facebook users can set their friends lists to “Only Me” within their privacy settings, a slight loophole exists: If a user’s friend has their friends list set to public, all of their friends will appear when viewing their mutual friends, thereby “outing” that user, despite the “Only Me” setting. Mashable went one step further, piecing together some of the friends list of none other than Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
A Facebook spokesperson issued this statement to Mashable on the mutual friends loophole:
A friendship includes two people, and we give each of those people control over who they share their friends lists with. Of course, friends sometimes disagree on things, maybe even when it comes to who they share things with on Facebook … That’s why we not only give people control over who can see their friends list on their Timeline, but we explain prominently that their friends also get to choose who they share with and that they might select a different set of people.
Among the names Mashable was able to unearth from Zuckerberg’s friends list via the mutual friends loophole:
- Trip Adler, CEO and co-founder of Scribd
- Marc Andreessen, co-founder of venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and Facebook board member
- Charlie Cheever, co-founder of Quora
- Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb
- Dennis Crowley, CEO of Foursquare
- Barry Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp
- John Donahoe, president and CEO of eBay
- Jack Dorsey, CEO and founder of Square, Twitter co-founder
- Dave Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey, husband of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg
- Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz
- Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox
- Robin Li, CEO and co-founder at Chinese search company Baidu (China’s third-richest man)
- Qi Lu, executive vice president at Microsoft
- Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster, early president at Facebook
- Alison Pincus, co-founder of home-decor marketplace One Kings Lane (and wife of Zynga Co-Founder Mark Pincus)
- Keith Rabois, venture capitalist at Shasta Ventures
- Blake Ross, co-creator of Mozilla Firefox and former Facebook director of product
- Scott Sassa, former CEO of Friendster
- Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, CEO and founder of Jelly
- Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO of Yelp
- Evan Williams, CEO of Medium, Twitter co-founder
- Jack Xu, co-president and chief technology officer at Sina (owns Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter)
Readers: Should Facebook figure out a way to alter its privacy settings so that mutual friends are not visible?
Photos by Courtney Rundles.