WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: Facebook Most Appalling Spy Machine Created

#Internet

Tue, May 10th, 2011 22:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Julian Assange, in this interview on RT.com, Facebook is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented. From the article:

Here we have the world's most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations and the communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US intelligence. Facebook, Google, Yahoo -- all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It's not a matter of serving a subpoena. They have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use.

Now, is it the case that Facebook is actually run by US intelligence? No, it's not like that. It's simply that US intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure on them. And it's costly for them to hand out records one by one, so they have automated the process. Everyone should understand that when they add their friends to Facebook, they are doing free work for United States intelligence agencies in building this database for them.

And with Facebook getting caught exposing millions of credentials, makes you wonder if Assange isn't all that wrong.

  577

 

You may also be interested in:

Real-Time ASCII Art Conversion of Google Street View
Apple and Facebook Are Now Frenemies Over Social Networks
Ars Technica Finds the Mystery Man Behind FunnyJunk
GoogleSharing: A Special Kind of Proxy
@SavedYouaClick: Twitter Account that Defuses Clickbait Headlines