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Mark Zukerberg and Facebook Phenomena

After reading this long article about Facebook’s History (http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=32656944&site=ehost-live), I just started wondering about how ethical were Mark’s actions which got him to here? Would he have become as big, rich and famous as he is now if he has done things differently? if he has not broken into Harvard’s databases, created Face Mash and caused all this fuzz between Harvard’s students, would he have succeeded as well in launching Facebook?

I truly believe he would have been as popular if not more, because Mark’s previous actions may have offended a large number of his target market who would have been interested in Facebook from the beginning if they did not have any negative opinions about him and his actions.

Mark’s actions can be considered ethical from a Utilitarian perspective, yet unethical from a Kantian one. From a Utilitarian perspective, he did not do anything wrong at the end, because although he may have offended some students from Harvard (harm), and has managed to provoke the University by using their resources without authorization (harm), he gave millions of people the pleasure of sharing their everyday life, pictures and news (benefit), keep people connected (benefit), and even help legal authorities have one of the biggest most up to date data about citizens from all over the world, which can help them track criminals much faster and easier than before (benefit).

From a Kantian perspective his action is wrong, because his intentions were wrong, and he started to build his success with an intention to hurt an ex-girlfriend and humiliate many students out of fun and to release his anger towards his ex-girlfriend.

In conclusion, ethical evaluation to Mark’s action can be perceived differently by different people, and people’s definition to what is right or wrong to do to be able to succeed means different things to different groups of people. But I personally think you do not have to do something possibly controversial or unethical to be able to succeed at what you plan to do.

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