Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a call with reporters today to answer questions about the sweeping changes the company made to its third-party app developer platform, as well as the revelation that as many as 87 million users — not 50 million as previously thought — may have had their personal data misused by Cambridge Analytica.
Slate’s Will Oremus asked whether the chief executive himself would have used apps like the one designed by Cambridge psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan, called “thisisyourdigitallife,” that siphoned the data of around 270,000 users and all of their friends, which Kogan then packaged and sold.
The CEO’s answer was candid and will likely enter the pantheon of iconic Zuck quotes, which also include his original business card slogan (“I’m CEO, bitch”) and “move fast and break things.” “I certainly use a lot of apps; I’m a power user of the internet,” Zuckerberg responded. Like an increasing number of people, Zuck is extremely online — with precautions. Here is Zuckerberg taping up his webcam.
Zuckerberg says he recommends that people use "best practices" like 2fa to protect themselves online, and beware of social engineering hacks, rather than abstaining from online services altogether. Didn't answer whether he personally uses and ad blocker or VPN.— Will Oremus (@WillOremus) April 4, 2018
A power use of the internet, indeed. Journalists on the call pounced on a welcome moment of brevity in an otherwise serious discussion about election integrity, hate speech, and data privacy.
*sits down to first date*— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) April 4, 2018
so, are you a power user of the internet
You: wastes time online— Dani Deahl (@danideahl) April 4, 2018
Me, an intellectual: a power user of the internet
Zuck quote of the year: “I’m a power user of the internet.”— Richard Nieva (@richardjnieva) April 4, 2018
what, specifically, does it take to become a power user of the internet?— Rachel Metz (@rachelmetz) April 4, 2018
“power user of the internet” — new twitter bio— Dan Frommer (@fromedome) April 4, 2018
One intrepid mind even suggested putting this phrase on a T-shirt:
I'm now going to refer to myself as a power user of the internet and I might print this on a t-shirt tbh https://t.co/7grRYSXTpK— power user of the internet (@itsgeorrge) April 4, 2018
Frankly, that is a great idea. Stay tuned.
Update April 6th at 1:55PM ET: we put “power user of the internet” on a T-shirt. You are welcome.