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Facebook's Zuckerberg calls Obama to vent NSA snooping frustration

Says a 'secure internet is a strong internet'
Fri Mar 14 2014, 10:14
Mark Zuckerberg

PRIVACY MENACE Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg is so upset about NSA mass surveillance that he phoned US President Obama to complain about it.

In a post on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said that a secure internet is a strong internet, explaining that the marketing network recommends multi-factor authentication, otherwise known as a belts and braces approach to security.

"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," he said.

"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. This is why I've been so 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."

As he has said before, Zuckerberg referred to US government surveillance as a threat to the internet rather than the champion that it should be. He said that he called the president and complained about it.

However, he does not expect that to have much of an impact, and he called on industry to do as much as it can to keep its own house in order.

"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," he added.

"So it's up to us - all of us - to build the internet we want. Together, we can build a space that is greater and a more important part of the world than anything we have today, but is also safe and secure. I'm committed to seeing this happen, and you can count on Facebook to do our part."

This week we reported that the NSA has spoofed Facebook as part of its attempts to hack into the computers of people that it targets. It replied to this with the contention that whatever it does is within the law. µ


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