Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page was hacked this morning, and the socially conscious culprit posted a message calling for a change in Facebook's business model. CNN Tech reports that the posting read:
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 Prize winner Muhammad Yunus described it? (LINK) What do you think? #hackercup2011?
The post seemed to have originated from Zuckerberg's account, and was "liked" 1,800 times before it was discovered and removed. Zuckerberg's fan page was taken down, as well.
What the hack is going on?
Facebook has yet to make a statement about the incident (which is really no surprise since they've always been pretty mum on everything from business practices to The Social Network's Oscar nominations.)
With French president Nicolas Sarkozy's profile broken into earlier this week, and now Mark's, the rest of us could be pretty vulnerable.
Maybe we are, but I'm not too worried. If someone hacked my page, they'd find some pretty boring photos of my birthday parties and trips to the beach. But parents who have photos of kids on their page, that could be a little worrisome. If someone is determined enough to hack your page, what else are they capable of?
And what do you think of this #hackercup2011 cry for Facebook to become a social business? Wikipedia defines a social business as a "non-loss, non-dividend company designed to address a social objective. The profits are used to expand the company’s reach and improve the product/service."
The social objective could be universal health-care, feeding the hungry, immunizations for children, after-school activities, etc. The company founders would be refunded their investment, but nothing more.
It seems a little idealistic to me that Facebook would become a social business, but it would certainly have its perks.
Would you support Facebook becoming a 'social business'?
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