What role did social networks such as Facebook and Twitter play in discussions about Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative and government surveillance? Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project sought to find out by conducting a survey of 1,801 adults.
Facebook teamed up with AOL, Apple, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo on An Open Letter to Washington regarding global government surveillance reform, urging governments around the world to take action.
Russian social network vKontakte shares much in common with Facebook, including most of its basic design elements, but its CEO, Pavel Durov, is not the biggest fan of his counterpart in Menlo Park, Calif., Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan said at the Hack in the Box HITBSecConf2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that the social network was already in the process of implementing stronger security controls before news broke of the National Security Agency’s Prism online surveillance initiative in June, IDG News Service reported.
Continuing its efforts to quell users’ concerns over the safety of their data in the wake of the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative, Facebook Tuesday released its first Global Government Requests Report, saying that it will “release these reports regularly in the future.”
Private messages on Facebook may not be as private as users think, and the audience for chats may also be a little larger, according to the latest report on the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative from The Guardian, in which whistleblower Edward Snowden detailed a software program called XKeyscore.