Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said he called President Barack Obama to express frustration over the impact of the government’s spying operations.
The Facebook chief said he was “confused and frustrated” with the U.S. government’s behavior in the wake of yet another revelation about a secret data-collection program run by the National Security Agency.
Zuckerberg’s statement posted on his Facebook page follows revelations by The Intercept, based on documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, that the National Security Agency used Facebook as a launching pad for its data-gathering operation.
“The internet works because most people and companies do the same,” Zuckerberg said. “We work together to create this secure environment and make our shared space even better for the world.”
“This is why I’ve been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US government,” he added. “When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government. The U.S. 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.”
Zuckerberg to Obama
Zuckerberg added: “I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform.” Credit
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