Zuckerberg: Obama Phone Call Made to Complain About Surveillance

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Friday, 14 Mar 2014 08:47 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg vented his frustrations about the government's Internet surveillance practices with a post on his own Facebook account and a call to President Barack Obama.

"When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government," Zuckerberg, 29, said in his 300-word Facebook post. 

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"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 continued.

 


A White House source confirmed Zuckerberg's phone call to Obama Thursday, Reuters reported. 

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

A story by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher on The Intercept displayed secret documents saying that the National Security Agency impersonated Facebook to gather information from targets. When the targets believed they were logging into Facebook, the NSA was able to break into the targets' computers and remove their data.

Greenwald, a former reporter for The Guardian, was the first to report on NSA spying with documents from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The documents Greenwald highlighted focused on a program called QUANTUMHAND, used widely beginning in 2010, which was used as a "launch pad" for malware that infects computers and slips files from hard drives. It uses the fake Facebook pages as entry points.

Zuckerberg has long been a supporter of Obama. Obama was able to get Zuckerberg to shed his hoodie for a suit jacket and tie for a White House event in 2011, according to the New York Daily News. 

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