Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg penned a lengthy complaint on the social network (via Paper?) on Thursday, and he isn’t happy. In fact, Zuckerberg said he’s been in direct contact with President Obama about the behavior of the U.S. government to express his frustration. Zuckerberg’s main gripe is likely with Edward Snowden’s recent news that the NSA was using fake Facebook servers to hack into a target’s computer.
“Trust in the Internet is more important today than ever,” Zuckerberg says. “To keep the Internet strong, we need to keep it secure.”
The Facebook co-founder goes on to opine on the great lengths the social network goes through to keep Facebook secure, and is “confused and frustrated” by all the recent snooping reports. “When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government,” Zuckerberg says. “The U.S. government should be the champion for the Internet, not a threat.”
Revelations about the NSA have dominated the media ever since Edward Snowden came forward last year. Not only is the NSA tapping carriers to read and analyze texts, but the agency is also apparently using radio waves to spy on PCs, among other things. It seems convenient that Zuckerberg would come forward as Facebook, which has control of a large chunk of the Internet, is further being dragged into this NSA mess.
It’s not about Facebook, Zuckerberg said, but about you and me.
“It’s up to us—all of us—to build the Internet we want,” he says. “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.”
We hope Facebook is committed, especially since the social network is currently trying to get the world’s population connected to the Internet with, what else, but drones.