Facebook announced the release of the second edition of its Global Government Requests Report, and this time around, it added government requests to restrict or remove content to the information it previously provided on government requests for account information.
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The results should be taken with a grain of salt, as the survey size was only 1,003 people, but a poll conducted by Reason-Rupe found that respondents trusted Facebook with their personal information far less than they trusted the IRS, the National Security Agency, or Google.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and five other technology executives met with President Barack Obama at the White House last Friday to discuss the National Security Agency and government surveillance, but the meeting apparently did not adequately address Zuckerberg’s concerns, based on a statement released by the social network.
Facebook emphatically denied allegations in a story in The Guardian asserting that the social network and other Internet companies “were fully aware” of the National Security Agency’s data collection as part of its Prism initiative.
Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan hosted reporters at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, where he detailed how the social network is maintaining and fine-tuning its security protocols in the wake of the continuing controversy about government surveillance.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon that he spoke with President Barack Obama to emphasize his concerns about Internet privacy intrusions by the U.S. government.
There were fewer than 1,000 requests for information about Facebook users via National Security Letters from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2013, involving fewer than 1,000 users and accounts, Vice President and General Counsel Colin Stretch announced in a Newsroom post, adding a reminder that the company is “limited to reporting data in bands of 1,000.”
Photo-messaging application Snapchat reportedly turned down Facebook’s acquisition offer of more than $3 billion last November, but that didn’t stop Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg from praising Snapchat during a talk with Stanford University President John Hennessy at the school’s Memorial Auditorium.
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.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed the National Security Agency’s Prism digital-surveillance initiative in an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Sunday, saying, “the government really blew it.”