Zuckerberg: Government `Blew It' on NSA Requests

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Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discusses the NSA data requests and user privacy at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 event. (Source: Bloomberg)

It is not super far off and we will keep working until we get it right.

The nsa.

User data.

1.1 billion users, more data than any entity in the world.

We care a lot about it and we don't want people necessarily using it for bad things.

We know what facebook has done to try to help increase transparency.

We have seen the lawsuit and those efforts.

I don't need you to repeat them, but i am happy to talk about them if you want.

I want to know what mark zuckerberg thinks about the right to privacy versus the government.

We take our role really seriously.

It is my job and our job at facebook to protect the information they share with us.

It is our government loss job to protect all of us and -- government's job to protect all of us, and they did a bad job of balancing those things here.

I think the government blew it.

But i think they blew it on communicating the balance of what they were going for here wit h this.

The morning after this started braking, a bunch of people asked what we thought.

The government said, we are not spying on any americans.

Oh, wonderful.

That's really helpful to companies trying to serve people around the world that will inspire confidence in american internet companies.

Thanks for being really clear about what you're doing.

I think that was really bad.

We have been pushing to get more transparency on this.

The big question that you get from all the coverage, what is the volume of the total number of requests going on?

Is it closer to 100 million?

From the coverage, you would not know the difference.

We worked really hard with the government behind the scenes to get to the point where we could release the aggregate number of requests.

It was 9000 the last half of the year.

Does that number tell everything that we want?


if we decide to sue them so we can reveal whether it was 2000 or 8000 of the 9000 requests, because of the transparency that we pushed for, people can no and they deserve to know that the request is closer to 1000. definitely not 10 million or 100 million -- not a dragnet ford data -- for data?


I wish the government would be more proactive about communicating.

I feel like people deserve to know this and we take it really seriously people.

-- seriously.

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