Mark Zuckerberg Calls US Government 'Threat to the Internet'

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Mark Zuckerberg lashed out at the government for its surveillance practices in a rant today on his Facebook page.

"When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government.," Zuckerberg wrote.

Zuckerberg and other major tech CEOs have called on the Obama administration to be more transparent about spying efforts. The Facebook co-founder, 29, said he vented about his concerns in a phone call to the president.

"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," he wrote.

Zuckerberg concluded his post with a call to action to internet users, saying it's up to everyone to "build the internet we want."

"Together, we can build a space that is greater and a more important part of the world than anything we have today, but is also safe and secure.," he wrote. "I'm committed to seeing this happen, and you can count on Facebook to do our part."

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