Mark Zuckerbergs Ongoing Frustration With The U.S. Government.
Mark Zuckerberg had went up Facebook back in March 13 to rant about his disappointment in a phone call between President Obama and himself, about the on going practices of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) spying on everyone.
“To keep the internet strong, we need to keep it secure. That’s why at Facebook we spend a lot of our energy making our services and the whole internet safer and more secure,” Zuckerberg wrote on his News Feed. “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 continued, “When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.”
During the previous July, a number of well known tech companies, including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook, had been accused of granting the U.S government access to their servers and user data, which had been denied by the companies who had be accusation. It was later found out that while these companies were comply with the law and offering the government much of the front-door access that had been requested, the government was also sneaking in through a back door they had created themselves.
Last January, the president proposed measures to end the snooping of friends and allies of the United States, and reforms to give the American people ”greater confidence that their rights are being protected, even as our intelligence and law enforcement agencies maintain the tools they need to keep us safe.”
Unfortunately, those changes did not come as quickly as they should have.
“I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future,” wrote Zuckerberg. “Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a long time for the true full reform.”
Zuckerberg’s successful social network hinges upon a user trust. People share photos, data and opinions, While Facebook sells its users to advertisers, while making promises about security and privacy that are not followed through on. When the NSA managed to create a backdoor into Facebook’s server, that model got upended.
Even before blow hard like Snowden had revealed the NSA actions, Americans already had trust issues with Faceboo. A poll from 2012 from Ap-CNBC shows, 59 percent of the respondents had said “little or no” trust in Facebook.
The Intercept news site had reported back in March 12 that the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snoden shows the agency has managed to create a surveillance tech to ”infect” potentially millions of computers with malware “implants.”
“In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a launching pad to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive,” said the report.
“In others, it has sent out spam emails laced with the malware, which can be tailored to covertly record audio from a computer’s microphone and take snapshots with its webcam,” it continued. “The hacking systems have also enabled the NSA to launch cyber-attacks by corrupting and disrupting file downloads or denying access to websites.”
Zuckerberg concluded his post by saying, with vague confidence, that it was up to “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,” he wrote. “I’m committed to seeing this happen, and you can count on Facebook to do our part.”