In a rather long Facebook status update yesterday, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed his thoughts about Internet security, privacy and whatever the US government has been doing with them. His outburst comes after reports suggested the NSA posed like Facebook, so that when these targets log into their Facebook accounts, all the information gets passed to NSA instead. The program, codenamed ‘Turbine’, used malware to spy on users. Also Read - WhatsApp announces rollout of end-to-end encrypted backups for Android, iOS
Zuckerberg starts by talking about how important the Internet is, and Facebook’s endeavor to keep Internet safe and secure. But while he said things like “The Internet is our shared space…It makes us stronger and safer together,” there was a clear discontent with what the US government has been doing to the Internet. Criticizing the lack of transparency and the alleged steps taken by NSA, Zuckerberg added, “the government should be a the champion for the Internet, not a threat.” Also Read - Facebook launches Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses alongside new Facebook View app
NSA denied all allegations saying that the agency doesn’t target any Internet user without legal authority. Facebook, who was unaware of NSA’s alleged move, later bumped up its security to prevent such infiltrations. Also Read - WhatsApp multi-device for iPad users in the works, release expected soon
Zuckerberg also mentioned that he called President Barack Obama to talk about the matter, but it appears that the reform would take a long time. After taking the frustration out on the US government, and telling how Facebook respects security, Zuckerberg ended his post by saying.
“So its 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 word than anything we have today, it is also safe and secure. I’m committed to seeing this happen, and you can count on Facebook to do our part.”
You can read the whole post by Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook page here.