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I remember talking to entrepreneurs in the early days of Web 2.0 and the user generated content revolution. Even back then-- before we could imagine the rise of fake news, before two billion people were on Facebook, before the backlash to all that permanence would lead to the rise of a company like Snapchat-- even back then there was fear of collecting all of this data. Would companies be good stewards of it? When I spoke to the (then) young men building these companies and asked these questions I was always given the same response: It isn’t in our best interest to abuse user trust, because the entire content of our sites are users.
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