Zuckerberg's Sister Bitten By Facebook Privacy Settings

Facebook's privacy settings are always changing. Though the company likely thinks its settings are as clear and concise as possible, the truth is that many users find it hard to get their heads around the constantly evolving settings. In fact, even Mark Zuckerberg's own sister has trouble with the social network's complex privacy settings.

Over the holidays, Randi Zuckerberg posted a photo of herself and her family to her Facebook. One of her subscribers, Callie Schweitzer, saw the photo and tweeted it to her followers. However, it seems the photo wasn't actually public. Randi posted it to her Facebook and set the visibility to 'Friends Only.' Randi explained this Schweitzer, and said it was 'way uncool' of her to tweet a private photo. Callie shot back that the photo showed up on the top of her news feed and so she assumed it had been shared publicly because she isn't friends with Randi Zuckerberg and only subscribes to her public updates.

So what happened? Randi's sister was tagged in the photo and is friends with Callie Schweitzer on Facebook. Because Facebook's very granular privacy settings include options for sharing your tagged photos with your friends, Randi's photo was made visible to her sister's friends. Perhaps her brother Mark, also pictured in the photo, was the one who cleared up the situation?

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Jane McEntegart works in marketing communications at Intel and was previously Manager of Content Marketing at ASUS North America. Before that, she worked for more than seven years at Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, holding such roles as Contributing Editor and Senior News Editor and writing about everything from smartphones to tablets and games consoles.

  • And I care because... this will make my Pentium faster?
  • cats_Paw
    Facebook, a way to stalk famous ppl and think its not creepy becasue everybody does it. Just gotta love human evolution...
  • rantoc
    Cats_PawFacebook, a way to stalk famous ppl and think its not creepy becasue everybody does it. Just gotta love human evolution...
    Who sais the famous person needs to be on Facebook and share everything at the first place? Its like inviting stalkers to a buffet and then cry about that they eat their belly full! Or an alcoholic in the boozestore... or a thief in a jewelry shop... Something a sane person wouldn't do, speaking about human "evolution" from another perspective =)
  • supall
    Facebook's privacy settings are backwards. I still don't understand how if you tag one of your friends, your friends' friends can still see it even if you only share it "friends only".
  • jojesa
    SwooshManAnd I care because... this will make my Pentium faster?It will make a CPU to run slower
  • omarccx
    jojesaIt will make a CPU to run slowerFacebook underclocks it to atom speeds.
  • RaDiKaL_
    SwooshManAnd I care because... this will make my Pentium faster?seems to me you cared enough to read and post.

    facebook settings are getting worse and worse indeed...
  • Reading doesn't mean someone cares RaDiKaL. Caring enough to read and post doesn't mean I care enough about it doing something useful in my life. Try again please.
  • voiidwulf
    blueboogerits an article on social networking you moron why would any article about the web (googledocs, gmail, amazon, pandora) make your pentium faster ?idiotHe was being sarcastic. Obviously an article won't make your PC faster.
  • robochump
    I will agree that FB has removed allot of privacy settings that I used before because I didnt want everyone to view certain parts of my profile so I had to delete allot of content. This is very annoying and just another way to force your data out there, then again if you put it into FB then expect it to be out there! lol