Frustrated Mark Zuckerberg calls President Obama

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said he called President Obama to express frustration about the government’s spying and hacking programs.

“When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon.

His concerns are based on the latest reports from investigative reporters at The Intercept, which reveal that the National Security Agency has weaponized the Internet, making it possible to inject bad software into innocent peoples’ computers en masse.

The report is based on documents provided by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Zuckerberg took to Facebook to decry the tactic, saying it runs counter to the company’s attempts to protect its users. He noted that Facebook encrypts users’ communications, uses secure software and encourages people to use safer sign-in procedures.

“The U.S. government should be the champion for the Internet, not a threat,” Zuckerberg wrote. “They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.

Zuckerberg said he called President Obama to express his frustration. But he said he’s not holding out hope for a quick change.

“Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform,” he concluded.

The Obama administration did not immediately return calls for comment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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