Zuckerberg Says U.S. Government Is a Threat to the Internet

Not fast enough on surveillance reform

Mark Zuckerberg took to his Facebook page today to express his frustrations with U.S. government's slow progress on surveillance reform. He even went so far as to call the government a "threat" to the Internet.

By spying on citizens, the government is undermining all the work Facebook has done to keep Facebook "safer and more secure," Zuckerberg wrote. "When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government," Zuckerberg wrote. 

"The U.S. 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 said he's personally called on President Obama to "express his frustration" over the damage the U.S. is doing to the Internet and how long it is taking for "true full reform."

In the absence of government reform, Zuckerberg said it's up to "all of us" to build the Internet we want. He assured Facebook users that they can count on Facebook to do its part.