'Confused and frustrated' Zuckerberg calls Obama to protest NSA spy programs

Himanshu Arora

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Just a day after reports surfaced that the National Security Agency impersonated Facebook to infect PCs with malware, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg phoned US President Barack Obama to express his frustration over the damage being caused by the US government's...

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Geoffrey Landis

TS Rookie
I don't understand: why does Mark Zuckerberg get to call up the president to express his frustration? I wouldn't mind calling up the president to express MY frustration. Why does he have a direct line to the president's office, and a randomly-chosen US citizen-- me, for example-- doesn't?
 

Vrmithrax

TechSpot Paladin
I don't understand: why does Mark Zuckerberg get to call up the president to express his frustration? I wouldn't mind calling up the president to express MY frustration. Why does he have a direct line to the president's office, and a randomly-chosen US citizen-- me, for example-- doesn't?
Because you (and I) are not billionaire household names?

Politics is more about fame, money and power than about actual representation of the general population. Famous people get to call the White House and chat. We just get to watch the news and throw things at the TV.
 
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Guest

Hehe, I find this funny.

Zuck is perfectly willing to invade his users privacy but get's all offended when the government invades his company's?
 

spencer

TS Addict
Oh just rich; he loves those programs, and he called his users a bunch of dumb f***ers for trusting him and ban all gun sales on his site. The NSA does not need malware to infect your computer, the technology is built in to your cpu unless you have a comp from 5 or 6 years ago,and can even place things on your hard drive even when turned off, by radio signal.
 
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Guest

They had helped with the spying for years, and now that everyone knows they start crying about it?, come on, who is gonna believe in this?
 
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Hasbean

I don't understand: why does Mark Zuckerberg get to call up the president to express his frustration? I wouldn't mind calling up the president to express MY frustration. Why does he have a direct line to the president's office, and a randomly-chosen US citizen-- me, for example-- doesn't?
Because anyone with a few billions dollars in loose change can buy a presidential hooker.
 

Camikazi

TS Evangelist
Oh just rich; he loves those programs, and he called his users a bunch of dumb f***ers for trusting him and ban all gun sales on his site. The NSA does not need malware to infect your computer, the technology is built in to your cpu unless you have a comp from 5 or 6 years ago,and can even place things on your hard drive even when turned off, by radio signal.
How does one write to an HD that is off with radio waves? Hell, there have been tests done with many neodymium magnets on an HDD and it did nothing to the data after hours of being there. A radio wave strong enough to affect an HDD would be known since it would probably affect humans first.
 
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Guest

I don't understand: why does Mark Zuckerberg get to call up the president to express his frustration? I wouldn't mind calling up the president to express MY frustration. Why does he have a direct line to the president's office, and a randomly-chosen US citizen-- me, for example-- doesn't?
Maybe this will help explain it.

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Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
The Big O probably invited Zuck over for a barbecue, a couple of beers and a dip at his spot to placate him a bit, not that Zuck is really angry, it was probably just for show, in fact I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they didn't discuss the NSA's spy programs at all.
 
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lipe123

TS Evangelist
Oh just rich; he loves those programs, and he called his users a bunch of dumb f***ers for trusting him and ban all gun sales on his site. The NSA does not need malware to infect your computer, the technology is built in to your cpu unless you have a comp from 5 or 6 years ago,and can even place things on your hard drive even when turned off, by radio signal.
Make sure that tinfoil guard around your pc is secure bud...
 

captaincranky

TechSpot Addict
Ah, poor Mark.....:'( First he couldn't find a girl, and now this...:D

I'll be he cries...:'(... (and looks over his shoulder).....all the way to the bank..
 
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Guest

First off, Zuckerberg is a liberal dirtbag who sides with the Obama regime, a rich one, but still a dirtbag. Second, who in their right mind believes anything the government says anymore or for that matter trusts big corporations.
 

MilwaukeeMike

TS Evangelist
"When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government", Zuckerberg said
Well, Mark, there's a difference. Criminals want to steal our personal info so they can steal our identify. We don't need protection from the govt against our personal information. They already know it all. Social security number... address... credit report.. it's not a secret to the govt.
So what exactly is facebook protecting us from? The creepy factor that they might be watching? The idea that maybe the govt is going to target us based on our political beliefs? I doubt it would bother Zuck if conservatives were targeted (again).
Sounds to me like he's enjoying the fact that someone besides him is being picked on for invasion of privacy and he wants to keep all the attention pointed at Washington and away from him.
 

Polaco

TS Enthusiast
Hehe, I find this funny.

Zuck is perfectly willing to invade his users privacy but get's all offended when the government invades his company's?
No, when you go to facebook you accept the Facebook terms, they might crawl in your information, like google does too. However government is impersonating facebook servers, so while you think you are using facebook services all your data is being passed first through NSA servers and data analysis, and stored for future usage too. That is something you have not agreed to, that is what hacking technique of man in the middle is. This is invasion of your privacy without any legal authorization. Don't you think it is wrong?
What wonders me is how jealous government is about it's citizens and internet users however it was not so enthusiastic and accurate to control banks and corporations fraudulent operations that caused the last economic debacle. Almost no one was charged of such disaster that turned upside down the life of lots of people. Banks and participants of such frauds got even more money from the people to heal the auto-inflicted wounds while regular people lost a lot the CEOs of corporations got even more rich and powerful.
So... in my humble opinion something does not look good in all this.
 
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Raoul Duke

He is just upset the NSA took what he expected to be able to sell them.
 
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Raoul Duke

Fictional conversation: Zuckerberg to President Obama "didn't we have an agreement that I would sell you xxxx amount of data for $xxxx? And now you undercut me?" President Obama "I can do that, I am the President. I can issue a Presidential Executive Order and make Facebook illegal, but then I have to consider the needs of the NSA."
 

gibbstar

TS Enthusiast
I don't understand: why does Mark Zuckerberg get to call up the president to express his frustration? I wouldn't mind calling up the president to express MY frustration. Why does he have a direct line to the president's office, and a randomly-chosen US citizen-- me, for example-- doesn't?
Because Zuckerberg can lock the president's facebook account, you can't
 
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