Echoing comments earlier in the day by Google CEO Larry Page, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday vehemently denied published claims that the FBI and National Security Agency were given access to his company’s servers.
“I want to respond personally to the outrageous press reports about PRISM,” Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page, referring to the government program the Washington Post said was accessing Internet company data.
“Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers. We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk, like the one Verizon reportedly received. And if we did, we would fight it aggressively. We hadn’t even heard of PRISM before yesterday.”
Zuckerberg added that, “when governments ask Facebook for data, we review each request carefully to make sure they always follow the correct processes and all applicable laws, and then only provide the information if is required by law. We will continue fighting aggressively to keep your information safe and secure.”
He concluded by saying, “we strongly encourage all governments to be much more transparent about all programs aimed at keeping the public safe. It’s the only way to protect everyone’s civil liberties and create the safe and free society we all want over the long term.”