Zuckerberg says US government threat to internet

Zuckerberg says US government threat to internet

Summary: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg says he has called US President Barack Obama to complain that the US government is undermining confidence in the internet with vast, secret surveillance programs.

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In a post on his own Facebook page, the founder of the huge Facebook social network, Mark Zuckerberg, expressed anger towards Washington in what appeared to be a reaction to new revelations about US government surveillance.

"I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future," he wrote.

"Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform."

Zuckerberg's comments come amid growing tensions between the tech sector and US administration over leaked documents describing the vast surveillance ability of the secretive National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence services.

"The internet works because most people and companies do the same. We work together to create this secure environment and make our shared space even better for the world," he said.

"This is why I've been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behaviour of the US government. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government.

"The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they're doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst," he added.

The comments came a day after a report citing leaked NSA documents said the spy agency had imitated a Facebook server to inject malware into computers to expand its intelligence collection capacity.

The report by former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald said the NSA had developed malware that allows it to collect data automatically from millions of computers worldwide.

Some of the documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden in recent months have said that the NSA had access to servers of tech giants such as Facebook, Google, and Yahoo.

These companies have strongly denied giving any access except under a legal requirement, and have said more transparency about the programs could reassure their customers.

An agreement in January allowed the companies to publish broad details of government data requests, but many activists have called for far more information.

Zuckerberg, in his posting on Thursday, reiterated his call for more openness.

"As the world becomes more complex and governments everywhere struggle, trust in the internet is more important today than ever," he said.

"To keep the internet strong, we need to keep it secure. That's why at Facebook we spend a lot of our energy making our services and the whole internet safer and more secure.

"We encrypt communications, we use secure protocols for traffic, we encourage people to use multiple factors for authentication, and we go out of our way to help fix issues we find in other people's services."

Topics: Security, Social Enterprise

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  • No to Tracebook

    Those are all empty words unless you do something about Mr Zuckerberg. Lots of talk but no action from Tracebook.
    malcarada
  • hahahaha

    yet Zuckerdork is a threat to our privacy and security
    Bladeforce
  • Facbook does all that so that competitors don't get the info

    that Facebook makes money from, not because they care about our privacy or security...
    William.Farrel
    • William Farrel making sense?

      It's a freak miracle! Now go ring your cowbell!
      j4w4
      • I always make sense

        the problem is, many like you don't want to hear about common sense, you just want everything to be "MS = Bad - Everyone else = Good"

        You have to step into reality sometime in your life, j4w4, so why not make today that day?
        William.Farrel
  • LoL, pot meets kettle.

    n/t
    Ram U
  • How come Zuckerberg gets to call the President?

    OK, so first, I'm wondering why he gets that privilege? Second, since I'm guessing he doesn't have security clearances, how likely is it that he got a straight answer, and third, "true full reform" sounds pretty vague for an answer.

    Mark, if you're reading, call the President back & ask him to review the millions of dollars being wasted on Tokamak fusion research that could be spent productively on IEC fusion like Robert Bussard's Polywell design.
    timventura
    • He said he called the President

      he never said he got through. :)
      William.Farrel
  • Who does the NSA think it is?

    Zuckerberg and Schmidt know that spying on Internet users is reserved for Facebook and Google!
    saucymugwump
  • He's right

    NT
    John L. Ries