If ever singer Alanis Morissette wanted a definition of "ironic", it was Mark Zuckerberg’s use last week of the word "privacy". Oblivious to reality, Facebook’s boss sometimes says the strangest things. His latest tone-deaf comment — after saying it was a "pretty crazy idea" that fake news affected the 2016 US elections, and that Holocaust denialists weren’t "intentionally getting it wrong" — is his "vision" for how people "want to connect privately in the digital equivalent of the living room". "Privacy gives people the freedom to be themselves and connect more naturally, which is why we build social networks," he wrote in a 3,200-word missive — on Facebook. Yet last year it was revealed that Facebook itself was tracking even people who hadn’t signed up to it. This is the man who said in 2010 that privacy is a "social norm … that has evolved over time" — failing to acknowledge it was Facebook that forced this new norm onto its users. As always, Zuckerberg and Facebook define privac...

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