Let’s say you are the bigwig of a social network that has its name involved in some problems privacy. What do you do? Try to solve them with the help of the community or pay a public relations firm to badmouth a competitor and its privacy issues? If your name is Mark Zuckerberg and his surname, the first alternative seems tempting, but you will choose the same is the second.
According to emails leaked by an American blogger (pff! Who can trust bloggers today?), The public relations firm Burson-Marsteller tried to hire him to write posts talking about the privacy issues Google.
This was not the first time: other American media outlets have received company’s story suggestions with the same tone, including renowned newspapers and known sites.Beginning of Burson-Marsteller has not revealed who the customer was paying to suggest guidelines against Google, but later admitted that Facebook had hired them.
In his defense, a Facebook spokesman said the company is “legitimately concerned about the privacy issues that Google has” and is also “outraged by attempts by Google to use Facebook data in some of its social services.” And probably it became more angry when his campaign just backfires.
I think the picture I made for this post already sums up quite exactly what I think of this whole situation.
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