Zuckerberg: US Government Is A Threat To Internet

Facebook-boss, Mark Zuckerberg, seems to be pretty upset by the latest news reports on the US government agency, NSA, trying to build something like a malware empire by setting up a bogus Facebook server to intercept traffic and fool users. On his personal Faceboook page, Zuckerberg lashes out against the NSA, the USA government and its president.

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

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Earlier this week we wrote about Google’s Eric Schmidt directly claiming that the company was attacked by the NSA, and now Zuckerberg is publicly stating that the government has become a threat to the internet.

It’s about time both Google and Facebook and all the other major tech companies show their true colours, take a stand in this matter and act on it.

Facebook-Zuck writes in a status update – dated March 13 – that he personally called the US president, Barack Obama, to give him a piece of his mind.

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

Zuckerberg also writes – more or less directly – that the US government is a threat to the whole internet.

This is why I’ve been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US government. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.

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.

Google recently announced that all of its searches are encrypted, but that’s probably just a start.

As the guys over at Techdirt.com points out: “The tech industry has to move to a world where encryption is the norm, and not the exception any more. It may suck in the way that it sucked when homes and cars finally “required” locks, but at this point it’s a necessity.”

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Happy Birthday Facebook!

I must admit you have given me lots of headaches and lots of mixed emotions, but you’re here to stay, it seems. And you managed to grow steady for 10 years now. Honestly – I’m impressed. So, congratulations to Mark Zuckerberg and rest of the Facebook staff, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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It is truly a remarkable story.  Check out this infographic on the Facebook history.

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And here are some of the memorable moments we’ve shared together:

The EU Parliament Rules Facebook With 1 Million Followers
The End Or the Beginning of Facebook?
For $5 You Can Buy A Fake Facebook Girlfriend
Facebook Accused of Copyright Infringement for Its “Like” Button
Facebookcalypse, Now?
All Facebook Users Are Now Potential Terrorists
Want To Be Ben Bernanke’s Facebook Friend?
Great Entrepreneurs Break the Law
World Soon To Be Run by Powerful Networks, US Intelligence

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How Much Time Have You Wasted on Facebook?

Too much….

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Facebook will celebrate its 10th birthday next week. Created in a dorm room by Mark Zuckerberg and a few friends, TheFacebook.com came to life on Feb. 4, 2004. In its decade of existence, the social network has attracted 1.1 billion users, and all their pokes, wall posts, baby photos and engagement announcements add up to a whole lot of time. Use TIME’s calculator to see just how many days of your life have been lost to this ten-year-old.

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Methodology

Facebook doesn’t publicize data on exactly how often a user logs in, though you can bet that they’ve got that information. In lieu of that measurement, this app runs through the timestamps on every post in your feed until it reaches the earliest one, which it uses as the estimated date that you created your profile. Users who are extraordinarily active on the site may get an estimate…

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