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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc. attends the Viva Tech start-up and technology gathering at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France.
Squawk on the Street” on Friday from San Francisco during a swing this week through Silicon Valley. “They say, ‘How do they even have any trust at all?'”
Cramer said people in recent days have told him off the record that Facebook broke the tech community’s trust.
“I’ve been out here, and everybody tells me off the record, they violated our trust,” Cramer said Thursday night on “Mad Money.” “Violation of trust is what brings in the government.”
Facebook did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Cramer, whose charitable trust owns shares of Facebook, has been critical of the platform ever since reports on March 17 that Cambridge Analytica had harvested the data from more than 50 million users of the social network without their permission.
Breaches of data privacy have compromised the personal information of millions of U.S. internet and social media users, prompting lawmakers to doubt that tech firms successfully regulate themselves.