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Mark Zuckerberg Dropped President Obama a Line to Complain About NSA Surveillance

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Posted on Mar 13, 2014

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Because when you’re the 20-something bajillionaire CEO of Facebook, you can do this kind of thing: Mark Zuckerberg revealed, via a post on the social networking site he built, of course, that he called President Obama to air his grievances about the government’s privacy issues.

Specifically, Zuckerberg posted Thursday, he rang Obama “to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future” by jeopardizing online security (via Facebook):

To keep the internet strong, we need to keep it secure. That’s why at Facebook we spend a lot of our energy making our services and the whole internet safer and more secure. We encrypt communications, we use secure protocols for traffic, we encourage people to use multiple factors for authentication and we go out of our way to help fix issues we find in other people’s services.

The internet works because most people and companies do the same. We work together to create this secure environment and make our shared space even better for the world.

That all sounds good, but he himself isn’t off the hook when it comes to concerns about privacy and Facebook’s treatment of users’ personal information. But Zuckerberg ended his letter on a confident note, claiming that when it comes to building a bigger, better, safer Internet, “you can count on Facebook to do our part.” Watch this space.

—Posted by Kasia Anderson

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