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.”
Facebook received about 8,500 requests for user data from governments of countries in the European Union during the first six months of 2013, involving some 10,000 accounts, Richard Allan, the social network’s director for public policy in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, said at a hearing organized by the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee, offering more details on the data released by the company in August.
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.
The Department of Justice rejected motions made by Facebook and other tech companies that would allow them to share more details with users on the frequency and types of requests the government makes under its surveillance programs, according to AllThingsD. The DOJ petition was filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court earlier this week.
During his visit to Washington, D.C., Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down with The Atlantic Editor-in-Chief James Bennet at the Newseum, where he discussed the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative and whether or not Facebook is still cool, among other topics.
When people quit Facebook, what are the reasons behind it? The University of Vienna analyzed the answers of more than 600 people who had pulled the plug on the social network, and privacy concerns were the most cited reason, by far.