Zuckerberg calls Obama over “frustration” at digital spying

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he had called US President Barack Obama to “express frustration” at state digital surveillance.

The Whitehouse said that Zuckerberg had spoken to the President about “recent reports in the press about alleged activities by the US intelligence community.”

In a subsequent blog post, Zuckerberg wrote: “The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat.

“They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.”

Zuckerberg’s comments came a day after the US National Security Agency (NSA) was accused of imitating a Facebook server to compromise surveillance targets computers. The NSA described the report as “inaccurate”.

In his blog post, Zuckerberg said that in order to keep the internet strong, “we need to keep it secure”.

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