Mark Zuckerberg calls Obama to share security concerns

Mark Zuckerberg calls Obama to share security concerns

Threat vs champion

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Mark Zuckerberg has criticised the U.S. government and their electronic surveillance practices, taking to his Facebook page to say: "When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government."

The Facebook founder said that he had personally  voiced his concerns with President Barack Obama, adding "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."

Amongst other things, 29 year-old Zuckerberg is concerned by the exposed controversial government surveillance practices that were leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

"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 confirmed.

News website The Intercept recently exposed confidential documents confirming that NSA impersonated Facebook web pages in order to gather information from targets. Therefore, when people logged into Facebook they were actually communicating with NSA. Going a step further, malicious code was also used to break into the targets computers with the view to extract data.

"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," Zuckerberg broadcast on his Facebook page.

This news comes as Facebook launch their long-awaited video ads today, which aim to tap into television-marketing budgets.

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