Zuckerberg Criticizes Obama on Right to Personal Privacy

Mark Zuckerberg took to his personal blog to express his outrage over the revelations this week that the NSA has been tricking users of Facebook into phishing schemes by imitating their website via the TURBINE program.

“I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future,” he wrote. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform.”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,” he said.

First of all, is no one going to comment on how weird it is that the owner of a private company like Facebook has a direct line to the President of the United States whenever he wants it? Secondly, since when is Mark Zuckerberg the moral authority on issues of personal privacy? He has been criticized on dozens of occasions for Facebook’s privacy practices.

All that said, the fact can’t be denied that at the core he’s a highly influential figure in Silicon Valley, and holds a lot of clout when it comes to issues like the privacy of millions of people who use the internet on a daily basis.

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