I do not care for Facebook. Almost as it were the jowly halitostic Tim Wise of websites. I have never enjoyed one of the few moments spent there. In fact, it is little more than a destroyer of fond and distant illusions. That lithe, perky teenaged pixie from high school is now a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking thrice married erection drain whose hour glass figure was broken during the Bush administration–the first one.
But those old guy buddies on the other hand–they haven’t changed a bit. Still speaking in a ghetto patois, guzzling fermented petroleum, and fiercely concerned over whether that troop of youths in red silks will outskirmish the ones in blue. Tempting, but I have windows that need staring out of first.
So it is with this unqualified antipathy that I pass along tidings of a champion against the surveillance State: Mark Zuckerburg.
Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, has complained directly to President Obama about the continuing revelations that the United States government has secretly spied on the activities of some of his company’s 1.2 billion users.
Mr. Zuckerberg spoke with the president on Wednesday following the most recent news report on the National Security Agency’s surveillance tactics. The account, published in The Intercept from documents leaked by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden, described how government computers sometimes masqueraded as Facebook servers in order to send malicious software to infect the machines of Facebook users. The documents say the process was automated so the N.S.A. could target millions of people for the attacks.
In a public post on Thursday to users of the social network, Mr. Zuckerberg said he was “confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the U.S. government.” He continued:
When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.
The U.S. 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.
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.
I feel sheepish to admit how often the simplest solutions escape my notice. Somewhat like Mr. Zuckerburg, I’m feeling a bit vexed about some trifle or another. The, oh I don’t know…obscene ruin of my civilization perhaps. Hell you could maybe even go so far as to call me frustrated. And now to learn the President is just a phone call away. I’ll brb…
Odd, he didn’t pick up. Maybe later. Though as we were discussing, MZ is “confused and frustrated” by a US government “that honestly doesn’t seem to give the slightest damn about my 974 million vested call options with a $70 strike. Did you think some of that compensation budget was going to salaries? Don’t be stupid. That’s why we deploy battalions of interchangeable H1-B engineers: to work tirelessly to increase the length of my bank statement. And it’s frankly disappointing when the government cares less about our user’s privacy than we do. See exhibits…”
But most importantly…
Valid points, Mark. Though perhaps stated more succinctly: Government surveillance is scaring the sheep away from facebook surveillance. And that costs you even more money than an American engineer.