Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called the social network’s earliest users at Harvard "dumb f***s" for trusting him with their data.
The revelation comes in the form of an instant messenger transcript published at Business Insider.
The social networking giant hasn't disputed the transcript's authenticity.
Zuckerberg made the gaffe while chatting with an unnamed friend in early 2004.
The conversation went like this:
Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask.
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Unnamed friend]: What? How'd you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don't know why.
Zuck: They "trust me"
Zuck: Dumb f***s
Of course, the exchange took place when Zuckerberg was just 19.
But joking or not, the clanger couldn’t come at a worse time for Facebook, just hours after the company called an emergency meeting to reassure workers.
Staff at Facebook are reported to be alarmed at senior management’s handling of recent criticism levelled at the site’s privacy policies.
We're guessing this latest revelation won't help...