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A true, full reform will likely take awhile, he says

If you have a bad customer service experience at a store or restaurant, you usually ask to speak to a manager, right? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took this to the next level when voicing his complaints about the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

According to Reuters, Zuckerberg called U.S. President Barack Obama recently to complain about the NSA's spy programs on the Web. 

"When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government," said Zuckerberg. "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."

Zuckerberg took to his personal Facebook page to talk about his concerns and conversation with the president. The White House confirmed Zuckerberg and Obama's talk on Thursday. 

"The president spoke last night with Mark Zuckerberg about recent reports in the press about alleged activities by the U.S. intelligence community," said a White House official.

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden started revealing the NSA's spy programs and other activities early last year, which revealed some unsettling behaviors for tech companies like Facebook, Google and Yahoo.

It was recently revealed that the NSA created fake Facebook pages that led targets to believe they were logging into the real Facebook. Once they logged in, the NSA used malicious code to draw data from their computer. 


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Facebook encrypted all of its pages in an attempt to thwart such attempts. 

The NSA also intercepted communications and data of Google and Yahoo users through cables placed between the data centers. Neither Google nor Yahoo had any idea that this was happening. 

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said that the NSA's spying on data centers is "outrageous" and that its strategies of pulling hundreds of millions of records to find a few hundred is "bad public policy" and even "illegal."

Soon after, Zuckerberg said in an interview that the government "blew it" with the NSA spy programs, and added that the agency needs to find a balance between protecting the country and staying transparent.

Source: Reuters



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RE: Pot calling kettle?
By amanojaku on 3/14/2014 1:59:23 PM , Rating: 5
People voluntarily join Facebook and sign over their rights to privacy.

The NSA is using any and all means to violate people's privacy, including deception, infiltration and theft.

Not quite the same thing.


RE: Pot calling kettle?
By ipay on 3/14/2014 2:03:06 PM , Rating: 5
He understand the nuances and was making a joke. A company that does not care about privacy and in fact profits on the typical user not understanding the implications of their products' use complaining about any violation of privacy is to be mocked.


RE: Pot calling kettle?
By MrBlastman on 3/14/2014 2:08:04 PM , Rating: 2
ipay gets it. :)


RE: Pot calling kettle?
By Cypherdude1 on 3/14/2014 8:52:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Facebook, the number one destroyer of personal privacy, ruiner of careers, murderer of families, reaper of relationships... is concerned the NSA might be trying to dig up dirt on people that want privacy?
If you're concerned about privacy, don't use FaceBook.

There's something here you all haven't noticed. How is it Zuckerberg can just pick up the phone and call the President? Can anyone here do that? Not really.


RE: Pot calling kettle?
By superstition on 3/14/2014 10:23:26 PM , Rating: 2
The best government corporate/banking money owns.


RE: Pot calling kettle?
By Cypherdude1 on 3/15/2014 9:28:55 PM , Rating: 3
See my review of the documentary "We're Not Broke":
amazon.com/review/R15SEEEJRDCQN1

If you want to know why the USA doesn't have any money, must borrow money and must cut services and programs, I highly recommend this documentary . It seems to be only available via streaming at Netflix and Amazon :
amazon.com/Were-Not-Broke-Jack-Blum/dp/B00B15PXWI


RE: Pot calling kettle?
By MrBlastman on 3/14/2014 11:02:47 PM , Rating: 2
I don't. :)


RE: Pot calling kettle?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/15/2014 10:25:42 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
How is it Zuckerberg can just pick up the phone and call the President? Can anyone here do that? Not really.


Zuckerberg is more important than anyone here. It's not some conspiracy. He runs a global multi-billion dollar company with thousands of employees.

Come on you're being silly. This is a country with over 300 million people. You think they should all just be able to pick up a phone and directly dial the President???


RE: Pot calling kettle?
By eek2121 on 3/16/2014 12:24:39 AM , Rating: 1
Reclaimer, normally i think that you are a tool, but for once in that sorry ass excuse you call a life, you are right. The number of people that DON'T use facebook can be counted practically on one hand. If anyone deserves to have a direct line to the president...it's the leader of the largest group of people in existence...


RE: Pot calling kettle?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/16/2014 6:59:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Reclaimer, normally i think that you are a tool, but for once in that sorry ass excuse you call a life, you are right.


Hey don't hold back, tell me how you REALLY feel.


RE: Pot calling kettle?
By Camikazi on 3/15/2014 2:59:51 PM , Rating: 2
Very rich and influential people can get in contact with very rich influential people, how completely shocking and unprecedented!


RE: Pot calling kettle?
By Motoman on 3/14/2014 4:13:41 PM , Rating: 3
People are stupid .


RE: Pot calling kettle?
By JediJeb on 3/14/2014 5:15:16 PM , Rating: 2
Therefore Solyent Green is Stupid .


RE: Pot calling kettle?
By Spuke on 3/17/2014 10:02:19 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Therefore Solyent Green is Stupid .
LMFAO


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