Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Facebook has published a statement responding to reports that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) “uses faked servers purporting to belong to the social network in order to spread malware to control users’ computers for mass, untargeted surveillance“, according to an article published by IT news. Zuckerberg strongly voiced his thoughts in an update to his own Facebook page, according to the article, by clarifying that “the internet needs to be a secure shared space for the world, that makes people stronger and safer together.”
The article notes Zuckerberg’s frustrations and emphasizes how his company “spends a great deal of energy trying to make its services and the internet safe and secure” and “why the US government tries to undermine that effort.” Zuckerberg was quoted in the article to say,”This is why I’ve been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behaviour of the US government.” Zuckerberg continued to say in the article, “When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.”
His recent public comments are not the first describing his “anger and outrage at government surveillance and spying on innocent internet users” as previously reported comments from June 2013 “denied that Facebook is part of any government mass surveillance programs such as PRISM“, according to the article. Zuckerberg’s thoughts have always been that “the US government should be a champion for the internet and not a threat, and that they should be more transparent about what they’re doing.” The article continued to state that the Facebook founder has personally called the president to express his “frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future.”
Read more about Mark Zuckerberg’s comments in the full article and how the Facebook giant’s frustrations continually send a clear message to the federal government.