There are many people who are connected to or know people who are connected to Mark Zuckerberg and the alleged creators of the massive Facebook data breach. Some of them could be described as delusional, opportunistic, paranoid, and just plain emotional.
For the most part, those who are linked to a person the Justice Department alleges stole the identity of half a million Facebook users are proving to be the latter two. In the video below from HuffPost, Ben Smith suggests that those who are or were a part of the hack are “using the situation to inspire fear, bigotry, paranoia, and villainy.” The video implies that anyone with an “actual connection” to Facebook and/or John Chalmers, John Doe, or Paul Ceglia could be a threat to society.
Smith suggests that people are using this for all they are worth. “Many in the crowd believe Chalmers is the infamous ‘hacktivist’ Anonymous — the internet movement that is arguably as vilified by the government and the press as ISIS — and one form of identification offers certain benefits. Anti-Zuckerberg … but more seriously, a dedication to bringing Facebook down from the inside,” says Smith.
In addition to the video, many of the comments left on Facebook have caused a stir, including information that Mark Zuckerberg was voted most liked people online. Also, men have shared “deeply personal information” that would not be appropriate in public.
A good number of commenters are not enjoying the new status they have been given as soon-to-be-hackers. Many suggest that they know this person only by name, and have no such thing as a Facebook connection. Others wonder how Facebook came to choose “John Doe” as one of the names to release. If one compares Facebook’s list of this person with real people, the lists pretty much match up.
While many are scared at what these people could do to themselves and others, we have to take a look at the list of people Facebook is linking to John Doe. Also, most of the people that they have linked to are not the ones that have been accused of stealing everything from passwords to photos.
It may seem as though the masses have already reached a boiling point as they battle with the unknowns that the People Invented Your Facebook Index has placed within them. Other people, however, continue to just enjoy having a fresh look at all of the problems plaguing the world, and clearly this is not just a Facebook problem.