Out of all the 500 million-plus Facebook users, it’s expected that every once in awhile an account is going to be hijacked. What’s unexpected, however, is the account hacked is that of the company’s CEO and founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
The way the hack was discovered was when Zuckerberg commented on his fan page; which in itself shouldn’t be that unusual. The unusual part was his message: he posted that he was thinking of turning Facebook into a “social business,” where the profits would go to help society, and that Facebook’s users can invest money to make the site and world a better place.
Needless to say, responses piled up almost as fast as the post was published. As a whole, readers could tell that this post didn’t really come from Zuckerberg. It began with, “let the hacking begin.” Here is the post in its entirety:
“Let the hacking begin: If facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a ‘social business’ the way Nobel Price winner Muhammad Yunus described it? http://bit.ly/fs6rT3 What do you think?#hackercup2011”
Aside from the obvious transparency of the hack itself, the message conveyed was entirely uncharacteristic of the world’s youngest billionaire. It’s not very plausible that he would intentionally turn his business into a non-profit.
Besides giving Zuckerberg something to think about when it comes to his business model, the hack showed Zuckerberg and all of Facebook’s users that the social media giant still needs to keep working on improving its security and identity verification.