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Tech Report: Facebook’s Zuckerberg Photo Leaked

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Mark Zuckerberg (2nd L) and his girlfriend Priscilla Chan (2nd R) during their private trip to Ha Long Bay in the northeastern province of Quuang Ninh. The young billionaire and his girlfriend who are the target of local media reportedly arrived to Hanoi on December 22, 2011. They are on December 26, 2011 visiting the northern mountainous tourist site of Sapa, according to local media saying the couple received a two-week long Vietnamese tourist visa. AFP PHOTO / Gia Dinh Xa Hoi/AFP/Getty Images

Mark Zuckerberg (2nd L) and his girlfriend Priscilla Chan (2nd R) during their private trip to Ha Long Bay in the northeastern province of Quuang Ninh. The young billionaire and his girlfriend who are the target of local media reportedly arrived to Hanoi on December 22, 2011. They are on December 26, 2011 visiting the northern mountainous tourist site of Sapa, according to local media saying the couple received a two-week long Vietnamese tourist visa. AFP PHOTO / Gia Dinh Xa Hoi/AFP/Getty Images

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— We’ve heard a lot of complaints about the less than simple Facebook privacy rules, but there’s an ironic twist to the story about how the company CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, Randi, may have shared more than she meant to.

I’m Facebook friends with Randi and I actually saw the picture on her wall of a family get together over the holiday. It’s kind of funny; I didn’t think anything of it. It’s her mom and dad, her brother Mark and sister all having a party and staring at their phones.

Now the irony lies within the fact that they were trying out a new Facebook poke app which apparently is designed to make pictures disappear after 10 seconds. Had Randi used that app as opposed to posting it to her wall, then this never would have happened. But Randi posted it making it available to friends only, but someone who was friends with her sister (who was tagged in the photo) saw the photo as a subscriber and then ended up posting it on Twitter.

Basically the takeaway from all of this is that in the confusion of Facebook’s privacy rules, friends of friends have access to your pictures. Sometimes you can feel victimized by these confusing privacy settings.

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