Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s called Obama to express frustration over government’s internet behavior

In his own Facebook post Thursday, FB CEO Mark Zuckerberg called out the government on their Internet behavior. He said he was “confused and frustrated” because the government was supposed to be a champion of the Internet, not a threat.

Ummm while I am very impressed that he called the President to discuss about building a safe and secure internet environment on behalf of billions of Internet users, I also find it extremely ironic and hypocritical coming from the CEO of Facebook which itself has always had a troubling record of eroding privacy standards.

Some critics pointed out that through out the whole post, Zuckerberg didn’t mention one word about privacy. He is just looking out for his company because he doesn’t want the surveillance activities of the government to affect FB in case the public loses faith in their security. In fact, just not too long ago, Zuckerberg justified Facebook’s controversial privacy policy by commenting that “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.”

My point? I find it hard to take Zuckerberg’s advocacy for Internet security seriously because to me, privacy and security go hand in hand. If FB is still justifying its not so transparent privacy policy, then it should probably be the last person to criticize the government on their surveillance, not that I agree with either.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/facebook-ceo-calls-obama-government-internet-tactics-article-1.1721142#ixzz2w4wO6daf



2 thoughts on “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s called Obama to express frustration over government’s internet behavior

  1. Great post and comments. I was planning on posting the same story. Very relevant to the ongoing conversations we have been having. My post further explores federal gvt and social media crossroads… #netneutrality #privacy #regulation #FCC #NSA

  2. We should not really be surprised that the NSA is looking at social media platforms for intelligence. They are as rich a source of information as any out there. Given how controversial these programs are, I don’t think we should be surprised either that social media executives like Zuckerberg want to be “on the record” as opposed to such programs. If users feel that they are being spied on on social media, they are less likely to share which devalues user experience.

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