Does Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg support Mitt Romney, a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination? Maybe or maybe not (probably not), but his actions on the service he built certainly made it look like he does, although if you look closer it seems like the way Facebook works is to blame.
Earlier this week, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg Liked a post on his service. This happens every so often, but this time the result was a bit different than he was expecting. You see Zuckerberg Liked a post by Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo that reads "Try, just try looking at the Romney logo without seeing the word MONEY." It also linked to Romney's website: mittromney.com.
You can check out Manjoo's post for yourself here. You'll see what is pictured in the first screenshot above. It just looks like Zuckerberg is Liking Manjoo's little joke.
Unfortunately for Zuckerberg, his friends and millions of subscribers saw the second screenshot above in their News Feed. Notice how the story does not include Manjoo's comment but leaves the thumbnail and link to Romney's official website intact. It appears that Zuckerberg is Liking Romney's website.
This little event resulted in hundreds if not thousands of Facebook users complaining about Zuckerberg's political stance, wondering whether he still supports U.S. President Barack Obama, and asking why he has chosen Romney over other Republican candidates. After all, most Facebook users just saw Zuckerberg's profile picture, a little thumbs-up icon, and the message "Mark Zuckerberg likes Farhad Manjoo's link."
This comes down to a simple Facebook design flaw that everyone has probably encountered at one point or another (if Manjoo's original comment was included in the story that appeared in everyone's News Feed, this wouldn't have been a big deal). It's just amusing that it happened to Zuckerberg of all people. I wonder if this will end up getting changed quickly as a result.
I have contacted Facebook and will update you if I hear back.
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