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Should you trust Facebook?

The man who’s made billions by selling your secrets:
The Mail meets Facebook’s £4.4bn founder aged 26

Worth £4.4bn at 26, Facebook’s founder lives in a rented house and drives an old Honda. He’s created a global network of friendships, but ruthlessly betrayed his own friends.

What happened when David Jones met Mark Zuckerberg…

Forget Big Brother. This is the age of Big Buddy, in the unlikely form of Mark Zuckerberg, the nerdish, socially dysfunctional genius who ironically created the world’s favourite social networking website.

An astonishing 550 million people in more than 200 countries now befriend one another on Facebook, the site he created seven years ago in his college dorm.

At 26, Zuckerberg was recently declared the youngest self-made billionaire in history. According to more than one magazine, this dentist’s son from a New York suburb is also the most influential figure on the planet — not least because much of the personal information Facebook’s users reveal is passed to advertisers, who use it to target them.

Since every message placed on Facebook is stored on the company’s vast computer mainframes, Zuckerberg has also been placed in a position of unimaginable power — the kind of power, incidentally, of which totalitarian tyrants could only dream.

His astonishing ascent is documented in an acclaimed new film, The Social Network, which opens in Britain this month. The big question is, should we trust a young man who has declared the age of privacy to be over — and who appears to be on some turbo-charged mission to redefine the concept of human friendship — to use this power responsibly?

Observing him this week, and talking to those who know him, he certainly seems harmless enough. Indeed, his life is remarkable only because it is so boringly ordinary.

Despite being worth a staggering £4.4 billion, he has no interest in mansions, fast cars, parties and model girlfriends, and is said to be only truly at ease when gazing into a computer screen.

Zuckerberg lives in a rented four-bedroom house in a quiet cul-de-sac in the U.S. computer industry capital of Palo Alto, California.

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