Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, took to airing his grievances on phone with President Obama. He wants an end to the NSA poking its nose in places where it doesn’t belong. But it seems the president’s response was lukewarm or not satisfying.
Zuckerberg then made a large speech of sorts on his Facebook home page. He said that he was concerned about the security issue at Facebook.
"As the world becomes more complex and governments everywhere struggle, trust in the internet is more important today than ever. The internet is our shared space. It helps us connect. It spreads opportunity. It enables us to learn. It gives us a voice. It makes us stronger and safer together. To keep the internet strong, we need to keep it secure," said Zuckerberg.
Furthermore, Zuckerberg spoke of how the Internet was built to keep out criminals yet here was the American government acting in criminal ways via their surveillance program.
The youthful head of the world’s largest social network claimed to be highly worried and pretty much frustrated over the problems that were turning up in cyberspace. Instead of a fanfare to utopia there seemed to be a countdown to dystopia.
Zuckerberg further said, "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."
Mark Zuckerberg finally said that it was up to the industry to take care of itself and be its own best friend. The individuals who frequent the Internet had a responsibility that they owed to the World Wide Web. They had to protect their domains from spying by any big shot agency and they should fight via political activism against this nightmarish trend of dictatorship.
Zuckerberg said that the space created on the Net was to be free from any privacy issues. The engineering team at Facebook was working hard day and night to better the conditions on the huge site.
Furthermore, the NSA spoofing Facebook in order to get hold of suspects was something which Zuckerberg found particularly offensive and repulsive. There was simply no justification for such an act.
"The US 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," said Zuckerberg
The NSA posted a message following Zuckerberg’s beef, saying that it had done no such thing. But of course such flat-out denial was to be expected from the organization which has its tentacles spread virtually everywhere.
"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. 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," Zuckerberg said in the end.