Mountain View, CA, United States (4E) – Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke with President Barack Obama Wednesday to complain about the alleged hacking by the National Security Agency (NSA) of computers used by the social media’s 1.2 billion subscribers.
A White House spokesman on Thursday declined to reveal details of the conversation, but Zuckerberg indicated his frustration on the government’s spying and hacking program in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon.
In his post, Zuckerberg said Facebook engineers are working tirelessly to improve the security of the website to protect users against criminals and “not our own government.”
“The U.S. government should be the champion for the Internet, not a threat,” Zuckerberg wrote, according to CNN Money. “They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.
The complaint stemmed from a report by The Intercept alleging that NSA plants malware en masse on computers of Facebook users under a spying program called Quantum. The Intercept cited documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as basis for the report.
The NSA said in a statement issued Thursday that the report is false. The agency said it does not impersonate U.S. company websites and does NSA target any user of global Internet services without appropriate legal authority.
Experts warned that NSA’s hacking of Facebook users’ computers will encourage criminals and other governments to do the same.