Facebook founder tells Obama to overhaul net surveillance

Friday, March 14, 2014

“I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future.

“I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future."

WASHINGTON D.C. – Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said that he has directly appealed to America’s Commander-in-chief to overhaul the U.S.' Internet spying programs.

“I've called President Barack 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,” wrote Zuckerberg on his Facebook page Thursday.

“When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government.”

Zuckerberg’s post follows the disclosure by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden of previously classified large-scale surveillance programs that America’s intelligence agencies run both domestically and abroad. The programs have irked the tech community, and that sentiment was clearly conveyed in Zuckerberg’s post.

“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,” he said.

The Internet mogul further called on people around the globe 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.”

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