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Facebook chief calls Obama to protest surveillance practices

San Francisco - Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg blasted US government surveillance measures Thursday and said he had personally called President Barack Obama to protest.

Zuckerberg’s rant on his personal Facebook page came a day after reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) had impersonated Facebook servers to infect targeted computers with malware. The NSA has in recent months been implicated by whistleblower Edward Snowdenin a massive range of digital surveillance programs.

"I’ve been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behaviour of the US government," Zuckerberg wrote. "When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government."

"I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future." He continued. "Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform."

DPA


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