Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that US government covert surveillance of citizens has brought significant trust issues among Internet users.
Facebook’s CEO told a Washington event hosted by Atlantic magazine the federal government must publish more details about data requests it makes to Internet companies.
"What I can tell from the data that I see at Facebook is that I think the more transparency and communication the government could do about how they're requesting the data from us, the better everyone would feel about it," said Zuckerberg, according to Reuters.
"From reading in the media, you couldn't get a sense whether the number of requests that the government makes is closer to a thousand or closer to a 100 million. ... I think the more transparency the government has, the better folks would feel," he stated.
Zuckerberg added that the US government’s NSA surveillance has done more to damage users’ trust in Facebook than any of its own privacy policies. The Facebook CEO didn’t stop there and was just as critical of the government’s comments relating to international users with it his belief that this was just as damaging.
"Response to the NSA issues that have blown up are a big deal for the Internet as a global platform. And some of the government statements I think have been profoundly unhelpful," Zuckerberg said. “'Oh, we only spy on non-Americans.' Gee thanks," Zuckerberg said, adding, "We're trying to provide an international service, not get crushed in those places either."
It’s not the first time that Zuckerberg has openly criticised the US government over NSA spying by stating that the government “blew it” and the latest comments further solidify what he has previously stated.
Facebook along with Yahoo, Google and Microsoft are in the process of filing law suits against the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [FISA] to allow them to disclose more data about requests sent by the NSA.