Via Business Insider
Old Facebook posts by Mark Zuckerberg have disappeared — obscuring details about core moments in Facebook’s history.
On multiple occasions, years-old public posts made by the 34-year-old billionaire chief executive that were previously public and reported on by news outlets at the time have since vanished, Business Insider has found. That includes all of the posts he made during 2007 and 2008.
Reached for comment, a Facebook spokesperson said the posts were “mistakenly deleted” due to “technical errors.”
“A few years ago some of Mark’s posts were mistakenly deleted due to technical errors. The work required to restore them would have been extensive and not guaranteed to be successful so we didn’t do it,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“We agree people should be able to find information about past announcements and major company news, which is why for years we’ve shared and archived this information publicly — first on our blog and in recent years on our Newsroom.”
These disappearances, along with other changes Facebook has made to how it saves its archive of announcements and blog posts, make it much harder to parse the social network’s historical record. This makes it far more difficult to hold the company, and Zuckerberg himself, accountable to past statements — particularly during a period of intense scrutiny of the company in the wake of a string of scandals.
The very nature of the issue means it is extremely challenging to make a full accounting of what exactly what has gone missing over the years. The spokesperson said they didn’t know how many posts in total were deleted.
In April 2012, Facebook acquired Instagram — a now-pivotal moment in the growth of the Menlo Park, California technology giant. Multiple news reports from the time quoted from a public post that Zuckerberg made on his timeline about the acquisition — but that post now inaccessible.
The links to that post from old news articles no longer work, and it’s nowhere to be seen on his profile.
It was an important document in the history of Facebook, particularly given Zuckerberg promised that “we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently” — a commitment he has since walked back. Facebook is now integrating the photo-sharing app into itself ever-more closely, and tensions around this contributed to the departure of Instagram’s two cofounders in September 2018. (A copy of Zuckerbrerg’s post has also beenpreserved in Facebook’s Newsroom blog.)
……Another, specific example from later on: Facebook’s beloved head chef Josef Desimone died in a motorcycle crash in July 2013. TechCrunch reported at the time that Zuckerberg shared the news in a post on Facebook. However, that post is now inaccessible as well.
Facebook would go on to throw a party in Desimone’s memory at its headquarters the following month. Hundreds of people were invited, and booze flowed freely — and it subsequently descended into chaos. As Business Insider previously reported, multiple fights broke out among attendees, which security staff believed were gang-related.
……Take, for example, the 2006 launch of the News Feed, which is now an advertising juggernaut that now makes billions of dollars for the company. Zuckerberg tried to quash early user backlash against the News Feed with a blog post called “Calm down. Breathe. We hear you,” but a link to it in a TechCrunch news report from the time now just redirects to the Newsroom homepage.
……This isn’t the first time Zuckerberg-related material has disappeared without warning from Facebook.
In April 2018, TechCrunch reported that messages sent by the CEO were being deleted from other people’s inboxes without their knowledge or consent — a feature that wasn’t available to ordinary Facebook users at the time.
And back in November 2016, public posts from Zuckerberg about the media and Facebook’s role in the 2016 US election also disappeared,The Verge reported at the time.
The Big Brother minions at Facebook are busy throwing inconvenient posts down the memory hole. You can bet your ass nothing he writes gets deleted without his knowledge.