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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg phones President Obama concerning NSA frustrations

Mark Zuckerberg spoke to President Barack Obama about government spying and NSA this past week.
Mark Zuckerberg spoke to President Barack Obama about government spying and NSA this past week.
White House PhotoClose. By AMIE PARNES

On Wednesday night Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, spoke to President Obama concerning the damages done by NSA and the United States Government in the aftermath of the spying controversy and surveillance programs. Zuckerberg had some frustrations to lay on the table, and that he did in a phone call directly to the U.S. president.

Thursday, Zuckerberg posted to his Facebook wall that he has in fact been "confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the U.S. government. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government."

While he didn't directly name NSA the statement came 24 hours after the agency reportedly " impersonated a Facebook server to infect surveillance targets' computers and get files from a hard drive." This information became available through former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and documents that he leaked.

NSA is calling the report "inaccurate." They said that, "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."

Caitlin Hayden, White House spokeswoman, said that the president did in fact talk to Zuckerberg by telephone to discuss the issues surrounding "recent reports in the press about alleged activities by the U.S. intelligence community." No additional statement was offered by Hayden.

Technology companies not limited to Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Facebook are not staying silent. They are more and more vocal over the U.S. government's spying programs and their dislike of the situation.

Companies like LinkedIn,Twitter,Yahoo and AOL are calling for "changes that would include a government agreement not to collect bulk data from Internet communications."

In Zuckerberg's post on Thursday he said that the government needs to be more transparent, he also added that "it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform."

Zuckerberg also stated that, "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."

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