Julian Assange Lashes Out At Silicon Valley Kings
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The notoriously famous Julian Assange has now lashed out at Google, Facebook and Yahoo and has called them “tools for U.S. Intelligence.”
In an interview to a Russian news site Julian says that Facebook “is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented”. He further says that the information stored in Facebook’s servers is a blessing in disguise for the U.S. Intelligence if it ever needs to create a database of its users. Our names, addresses, phone numbers and even our relationship status is accessible to the USA, he says.
Does he mean to say that Facebook is run by US Intelligence?
What Julian’s trying to say here is that the US government is strong enough to apply legal and political pressure on Facebook to give them a user’s private information.
But, isn’t the fact that WikiLeaks has its own Facebook page make Julian Assange sound slightly hypocritical? When the Facebook page had posted objectionable content online, Facebook had released a statement which said- “The WikiLeaks Facebook Page does not violate our content standards nor have we encountered any material posted on the page that violates our policies”
Julian doesn’t stop after attacking Facebook. He continues by saying that Google & Yahoo “have built-in interfaces for U.S. Intelligence”. But, the fact that Julian didn’t mention Twitter is quite alarming. Maybe, the fact that his company had such a huge run-in with them, dissuaded him.
Assange’s last statement was the icing on the cake. He said that every person who is currently advocating the usage of Facebook is doing free work for the United States government and is helping them in building a database.
So, you better stop asking me to “Find My Friends,” Zuckerberg! 😛