“When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.” — Mark Zuckerberg
Following the latest barrage of NSA spying reports, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg says he’s “confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US government.” In a blog post explaining his disapproval, Zuckerberg states that he’s spoken to President Barack Obama by phone to “express [his] frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future.”
Zuckerberg says “it seems like it will take a very long time for true, full reform.”
Zuckerberg’s statement comes as little surprise; the latest series of US spying leaks claim the NSA poses as Facebook to spread malware. Such leaks certainly do not encourage confidence in Facebook — regardless of the social network’s cooperation — and Zuckerberg is making his opinions clear.
After stating that NSA reform will take quite a while to occur, Zuckerberg offered a call to action for the tech industry, saying that “it’s up to us — all of us — to build the Internet we want.” Presumably, Zuckerberg is talking about strengthening security and encryption standards:
“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.”
Facebook added default SSL support for all of its users last summer, which pushes Facebook traffic through a secure connection. Notably, the security feature was optional for two years prior.