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“Mark Zuckerberg is a good guy,” said Steve Ballmer on Facebook privacy issue

Facebook is grappling with security & privacy problems these days, Microsoft has been there before, many times, and the issues were clearly on Steve Ballmer’s mind during a talk at Microsoft’s Citizenship Accelerator Summit in Redmond. One of the problems, Ballmer added later at the 2:25 mark in video below, is that “the bad guys only have to be right once” to cause problems online, while “the good guys are supposed to be right all the time.” That prompted Wired.com’s Evan Hansen to ask an interesting question: Where does Ballmer see Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg fitting into that equation? Here’s what Ballmer said:

“Bad guys are bad guys. OK? There’re guys who’re really trying to innovate and do interesting things where it’s complex. It’s hard. Mark is a good guy. Are they struggling with a set of issues? Sure, they’re struggling with a set of issues, and you should chat with those guys about it. But the notion that people are trying to do innovative thing that do advance the state of the art, both in privacy and in communications, that’s kinda the way the system works, and if people don’t want to play on their property, they won’t play on their property.”

Watch the full video below:


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