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Facebook's Zuckerberg calls US government a threat to Internet

Published on Mar 14, 2014 5:12 AM
 
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday he had called President Barack Obama to complain that the US government is undermining confidence in the Internet with vast, secret surveillance programmes. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday he had called President Barack Obama to complain that the US government is undermining confidence in the Internet with vast, secret surveillance programmes.

In a post on his own Facebook page, the founder of the huge social network expressed anger towards Washington, in what appeared to be a reaction to new revelations about US government surveillance.

"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." Zuckerberg's comments come amid growing tensions between the tech sector and US administration over leaked documents describing the vast surveillance ability of the secretive National Security Agency and other intelligence services.

 
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