Shalom Life | March 16, 2014

Zuckerberg to Obama: I'm 'Confused and Frustrated' by Government Surveillance

In his latest complaint regarding National Security, the CEO of Facebook has called the U.S. President to complain about the NSA, and the American government's 'behavior'

By: Daniel Koren

Published: March 14th, 2014 in Business » World

Mark Zuckerberg has had a history of letting his opinion be known, particularly when it comes to government surveillance, and the NSA.

In September at San Francisco's Tech Crunch Disrupt, Zuckerberg said that the government "blew it" regarding the scandal that erupted with Edward Snowden, adding that they did a 'bad job' at protecting the American people.

Since then, his campaign to make the truth be heard, or so he says, has been full throttle, blasting the government yet again on ABC Today, and most recently, calling the U.S. President himself, Barack Obama, to complain about how national security is being operated. Particularly, he says that Facebook's online security measures are there to protect us from criminals and hackers, not from the government.

Posting on his Facebook page - where else would he go to vent? - Zucks wrote that he's been "confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US government. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government."

We then learned that he spoke to President Obama to address these concerns, after White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden confirmed the phone call, though not mentioning any other details.

Zuckerberg does not mention the NSA by name via his post, but the news does suspiciously come a day after reports claimed the surveillance agency posed as a Facebook server in order to retrieve information. The reports were based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden; the NSA has since denied the reports, calling them 'inaccurate.'

"NSA uses its technical capabilities only to support lawful and appropriate foreign intelligence operations, all of which must be carried out in strict accordance with its authorities," the agency said in a statement.

In his post, Zuckerberg demands that the U.S. government be more honest about its surveillance and security programs with U.S. citizens, though he notes "it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform."

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

 

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