Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Facebook's founder expresses anger to Obama over NSA spying  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 15/03/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN -Arab News) new york: facebook ceo mark zuckerberg says he has called president barack obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the us government’s surveillance programs

Posting on his facebook page thursday, zuckerberg wrote that he’s been “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.&rdquo

Though zuckerberg does not name the national security agency, the post comes a day after the news site intercept reported that the agency has impersonated a facebook server to infect surveillance targets’ computers and get files from a hard drive. the report is based on documents leaked by former nsa contractor edward snowden

The nsa called the report “inaccurate.&rdquo

“nsa uses its technical capabilities only to support lawful and appropriate foreign intelligence operations, all of which must be carried out in strict accordance with its authorities,” the agency said in a statement

White house spokeswoman caitlin hayden confirmed that the president spoke with zuckerberg wednesday night regarding “recent reports in the press about alleged activities by the us intelligence community.” she gave no further comment

Technology companies including facebook, google inc., microsoft corp., have been increasingly vocal about frustrations over the us government’s spying programs. last month, top executives from the companies, along with others from yahoo, twitter, aol and linkedin, called for changes that would include a government agreement not to collect bulk data from internet communicatins

The ongoing strife over surveillance could threaten what’s been a cordial relationship between silicon valley and the president. the region has voted overwhelmingly for obama in both of the past two presidential elections. nearly 70 percent of santa clara county, which is home to facebook, google, yahoo and a slew of other tech giants, sided with the president in the 2012 elections

In thursday’s post, zuckerberg called on the government to be more transparent, but added that, unfortunately, “it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform.&rdquo

In january, obama ordered a series of changes to mass surveillance programs that included ending the government’s control of phone data from hundreds of millions of americans and ordered intelligence agencies to get a court’s permission before accessing such records. tech companies took the president’s speech as a step in the right direction, but said that more is needed to protect people’s privacy — along with the economic interests of us companies that generate most of their revenue overseas

Us internet companies are worried that people, especially those living overseas, won’t trust them with personal information if they believe such data is being collected by the us 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,” zuckerberg wrote

Obama held a facebook “town hall” meeting at the company’s headquarters in april 2011 and earlier that year had dinner with a group of tech leaders that included zuckerberg, google’s then-ceo eric schmidt and others.


Arab News

  MENA News Headlines
 Nov 29 2015 - Middle East ready for increase in air passenger trafficMENAFN
(MENAFN) The UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan are ready to accomplish a strong 4.9 percent growth in air passenger traffic.The gulf nations will all enjoy strong increase of 5.6 percent, ...

 Nov 29 2015 - MSM Index Drops 127 Points Last WeekQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Muscat Security Market (MSM) index closed at 5668 points, down by 127 points, constituting 2.2%, down for the fourth consecutive week. The sectoral indices declined, ...

 Nov 29 2015 - German State Aims for 4 Billion-Euro Exports to Saudi Arabia by 2020Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) The German State of Baden-Wurttemberg will strive to attain over 4 billion euros exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by 2020, a goal that will double the current ...

 Nov 29 2015 - UAE, Jordan Sign MoU to Enhance Joint Efforts in SMEs and InnovationQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) The UAE Ministry of Economy and the Jordanian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supplies, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase cooperation between the two ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Militias Fighting Kills 19 in SomaliaQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) At least 19 people were killed Saturday in fighting between rival militias in central Somalia, officials and residents said. The fatalities in the town of Galkayo ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Clashes Erupted between Police and Migrants on Greece-Macedonia BorderQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Clashes between riot police and migrants angry at being prevented from entering Macedonia from Greece have left up to 40 people injured. Macedonian soldiers raised a new ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Palestinian Shot Dead after Alleged Stabbing AttackQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) A Palestinian was shot dead early Sunday by Israeli soldiers at the entrance of the old city of Jerusalem after allegedly stabbing and injuring an Israeli police . The ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Jordan's Border Guards Receive 51 Syrian RefugeesQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) A total of 51 Syrian refugees from various age groups, entered into the Kingdom of Jordan through various crossing points during the last 72 hours. The Jordanian border ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Qatar- Economy Ministry Recalls 2011-2014 Models of Several Car BrandsQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has announced the recall of 2011-2014 models of Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Charger, Challenger 300c and Grand Cherokee, due to a ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Qatargas Shipping Department Wins Prestigious British Safety Council AwardsQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) For the second consecutive year, Qatargas' Shipping Department has won two prestigious awards from the British Safety Council for its commitment to achieving excellent ...




Click to Apply


Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help