Zuckerberg: U.S. government is a threat to the Internet

posted at 9:31 pm on March 13, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

The generation’s most prominent Millenial proclaiming Washington a threat to Millenials’ favorite thing— the Internet. I’ll take it:

“When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals,” Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post, “not our own government.”

Zuckerberg went on: “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 has, of course, been rather cozy with President Obama at times, but that perhaps makes this message more powerful. It’s a rare Obama-friendly Millenial who can concede that maybe the government, with Obama atop it, is not an unfailingly benevolent force in our lives. The president’s pitch was that his mere presence would make government functional and virtuous, his mere words change all that plagued Washington, D.C. Obama still believes it. It’s nice to see there are some young people who don’t. Zuckerberg references the “damage the government is creating for all of our future” with its recently revealed surveillance programs. Writing in his own Facebook post that he said he’s “called President Obama to express my frustration.” He calls for “transparency” but doesn’t seem at all confident we’ll see any.

Good. Whatever you think of the NSA programs or Mark Zuckerberg, I’m glad people are hearing this from him. On the left, many will snark that he’s one to talk about privacy, drawing no distinction between Facebook’s sometimes problematic use of data and the government taking it from private citizens without their knowledge. On the right, there will be gripes about Zuckerberg’s other political endeavors. As with any CEO, he’ll no doubt come to Washington when he needs preferential treatment in the future though to his credit the company’s lobbying budget has been quite small, even in an industry known for spending less on wooing Washington. Zuckerberg also backs immigration reform, and funded a splashy ad campaign to drum up support for it, but his politics are somewhat unpredictable. But a Facebook post by a 20-something billionaire seems like the perfect place to call out the President Between Two Ferns.

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Z’s new FB status: “Anyone know a good audit lawyer?”

ImmigrantsWife on March 13, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Yet obama’s your buddy and you trust him, you little punk.

Lanceman on March 13, 2014 at 9:35 PM

“When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security,

hahahahha

kcewa on March 13, 2014 at 9:36 PM

he’s “called President Obama to express my frustration.” He calls for “transparency” but doesn’t seem at all confident we’ll see any.

Boo freaking hoo. Welcome to the party, pal.

tru2tx on March 13, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Zuckerberg: U.S. government is a threat to the Internet

Should have said.

Zuckerberg: U.S. government is a threat.

Bmore on March 13, 2014 at 9:39 PM

The U.S. government should be the champion for the Internet, not a threat.

That sounds awfully… bossy.

Stoic Patriot on March 13, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Zuckerberg: U.S. government is a threat to the Internet

Congratulations, Dr. Frankenstein.

itsspideyman on March 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Well at this very moment these darling Millenials are getting constant FB ads telling them to sign up for ocare. How did healthcare.guv know those accounts represent the necessary demographic? Oh, Facebook told them.

Rational Thought on March 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM

When our Indian engineers work tirelessly to…

Zuckerberg: U.S. government/strike> Facebook is a threat to the InternetAmerican workers via Zuckerberg’s support for amnesty and millions more foreign IT workers.

Charlemagne on March 13, 2014 at 9:43 PM

He calls for “transparency” but doesn’t seem at all confident we’ll see any.

MYTH:

“President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history…”

TRUTH:

President Obama has made his administration the most SECRETIVE and ███████████ in history.

ITguy on March 13, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Screwed that up!

Facebook is a threat to American workers.

Charlemagne on March 13, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Zuckerberg went on: “The U.S. government should be the champion for the Internet, not a threat.

If they have the power to do things for you, they also have the power to do things to you.

sharrukin on March 13, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Zuckerberg has, of course, been rather cozy with President Obama at times

He’s still a leftist.
A somewhat disillusioned leftist, but still devoted to the cause.

itsnotaboutme on March 13, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Augy not qualified to be a mid-level IT manager, who had a “similar” idea to myspace and others, whose advertising revenue is the result for people foolishly paying for no results, is telling you what to do

oldroy on March 13, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Augy = A guy, or my best high-school buddy August.

oldroy on March 13, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Welcome to the party, Zucky!

vnvet on March 13, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Yet obama’s your buddy and you trust him, you little punk.
Lanceman on March 13, 2014 at 9:35 PM

I agree with Lanceman

SparkPlug on March 13, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Ever notice that you never see Zuckerberg and Captain Obvious in the same room together?

Knott Buyinit on March 13, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Don’t we already have to listen to enough thieving azzholes without this one chiming in?

ShainS on March 13, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Eh, it’s trendy to be against the NSA stuff, let’s see if he has any actual backbone and comes out against net neutrality which a lot of millennial support because they’ve bought into the propaganda that it’s the gubmint protecting them from those big, bad corporations.

clearbluesky on March 13, 2014 at 9:49 PM

I agree with Lanceman

SparkPlug on March 13, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Nope. I’m on the list, buddy.

Lanceman on March 13, 2014 at 9:49 PM

You helped the REB get elected you little pissant. Eat it.

slickwillie2001 on March 13, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Oh, golly. Let’s do lunch. What’s your MySpace address?

Ruckus_Tom on March 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Correction: Govt is a threat to the Internet.

OldEnglish on March 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM

The generation’s most prominent Millenial proclaiming Washington a threat to Millenials’ favorite thing— the Internet. I’ll take it:

Mary Katherine Ham

Mary Katherine Ham, I wish you would call out Zuckerberg for his deceptive campaign to get Americans to support illegal alien amnesty. Why do you almost never call out proponents of illegal alien amnesty?

Here’s a Zuckerberg-funded, fake “conservative” ad that tries to trick voters into thinking the Republican sellout amnesty proposal is what’s needed to “get tough” on illegals:
VIDEO: http://youtu.be/l9XRF_kqIN4

bluegill on March 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM

This is like Goebbels eventually announcing that Hitler is a threat

VorDaj on March 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM

bluegill on March 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Why don’t you start your own blog? Your twitter account seemed to be wildly successful. Maybe all of those folks will keep you busy and help you clarify your message?

oldroy on March 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

This is just a buildup for the Left’s assault on the next President.

faraway on March 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Mary Katherine Ham, I wish you would call out Zuckerberg for his deceptive campaign to get Americans to support illegal alien amnesty. Why do you almost never call out proponents of illegal alien amnesty?

bluegill on March 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Occam’s Razor.

VorDaj on March 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM

No schadenfreude here. Zuckerberg isn’t saying, nor would he, that the obama administration is a threat. Nor is he even saying that Big Government is a threat. He is basically just citing the NSA, which even lefties don’t like. Nobody likes to be spied on. That is the lowest of low hanging fruit. Anyone can grab that one.

So don’t take this as a shot from the left at the left. It ain’t.

HugoDrax on March 13, 2014 at 10:06 PM

I consider Zuckerberg a threat to U.S. borders, language and culture. Sorry, had to steal that last part from Michael Savage.

Fallon on March 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Occam’s Razor.

VorDaj on March 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Ockham is a simpleton

faraway on March 13, 2014 at 10:11 PM

I’m sure Zuckerman would agree, we need more government to protect the internet from the government.

FadeToBolivia on March 13, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Eh, it’s trendy to be against the NSA stuff, let’s see if he has any actual backbone and comes out against net neutrality which a lot of millennial support because they’ve bought into the propaganda that it’s the gubmint protecting them from those big, bad corporations.

clearbluesky on March 13, 2014 at 9:49 PM

To be completely fair about it, it wasn’t so long ago that being against the NSA stuff was anything but “trendy”, and was in fact an “indicator” that you were some paranoid right-wing “Teahadist” who had something to hide. With the Lightbringer in charge, nothing nefarious could possibly come out of the NSA conducting mass spying on the citizens, or so the millenials were told.

So maybe this is a very tiny bit of progress, after all.

Gator Country on March 13, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Zuckerberg has, of course, been rather cozy with President Obama at times, but that perhaps makes this message more powerful. It’s a rare Obama-friendly Millenial who can concede that maybe the government, with Obama atop it, is not an unfailingly benevolent force in our lives. – Ham

Dont drink the Kool aid

Zuckerberg is just doing damage control. And not very enthusiastic damage control at that.

This is why I’ve been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US government – zuckerberg

Beats getting angry

I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform.- Zuckerberg

Heh the very first post on the Zuck-up’s facebook page shows quite a few people aren’t buying his schtick:

Brian Kachel Can you share Obama’s number? I’ve got a few concerns I’d like to share with him also.

Meanwhile, the Zuck-up had a booth at CPAC.

CPAC, if anyone hasnt figured it out, is being used to split the vote to kill off conservative power. Just read the link to see who is running CPAC now.

The soc cons were pushed out, but libertarian ‘youth’ are allowed in, to the point the straw poll reads libertarian. This is to energize the libertarians to think they are the new wave in the party. There are primaries coming. The recent special election in Florida had a pretty good libertarian percentage for Florida, I’d say.

Should be a lot of talking points about the new libertarian America coming out in the next few months. The Libertarians are going to be worked just like the Perot supporters. Hey it helped the last Clinton

Soc cons out. Zuck-up in, who when he doesnt have a booth at CPAC is calling Obama to prove he called Obama

They arent even bothering with good cop bad cop

entagor on March 13, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Zuckerberg: U.S. government is a threat to the Internet

You shouldn’t have done everything you could to enable Obama then, you little nerd hobgoblin.

V7_Sport on March 13, 2014 at 10:22 PM

While at the same time his COO is on a jihad partnered with an advocate of Net censorship to drive the word “bossy” from the Internets.

Also, this is what you voted for. It’s not our fault you were too stupid to see it coming.

northdallasthirty on March 13, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Mark, you are looking through the mist on the dark side towards the light. You are a smart kid. One day you will see the truth about liberalism and then you can be a force for total good.

FireBlogger on March 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM

This is like Goebbels eventually announcing that Hitler is a threat

Precisely.
Sometimes, the enemy of my enemy is…still my enemy.

orangemtl on March 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM

I have difficulty feeling sympathy for a 20-something billionaire who embraced the suck and now feels regret.

itsspideyman on March 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Zuckerberg: U.S. government is a threat to the Internet

…that’s what happens Zuck…when you suck on JugEars little mouse for so long!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Must admit, I’m quite surprised he would say that. Makes me think he knows much more than he’s saying right now.

If he’s waking up tho, that’s good news!!

bluefox on March 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I’m sure Zuckerman would agree, we need more government to protect the internet from the government.

FadeToBolivia on March 13, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Or to be more precise – I’m sure Zuckerman would agree, we need more Obama and more democrats to protect the internet from the low level rouge employees in government that must have been left over from Bush.

Zuckerman is a crooked no good son of a ……

VorDaj on March 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM

This is the guy who collects evry piece of data he can about you, changes his privacy terms on a whim, and has partnered with the Feds multiple times?

P Off Zuck.

I shut down my fb five or six years ago and never once missed it.

Murphy9 on March 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Why is it some people have an abashed love of government when the the founders explicitly set up a system to be wary of government. Then when government intrudes on their little corner of the world they feel compelled to speak out how it’s adversely hurt them. Sleep with flea bitten dogs and you fleas.

jaywemm on March 13, 2014 at 11:28 PM

He’s probably only making anti gov’t noise now because obama wants to confiscate 33% of his cash. More later, then more after that.

Go ahead and pinch the liberal idiots hard while you can obama. Pinch em REAL hard.

Maybe then I’ll feel a little better about not having any health insurance or doctors to go to, while o’idiot cruises the links at a million bucks a pop.

Diluculo on March 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Says the willing accomplice.

WryTrvllr on March 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Ummmmm … Dude, you enabled this.

Whitey Ford on March 13, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Obama to Zuckerberg,

“That’s a nice multi-billion dollar company you have there, it would be a shame if something happened to it”

Stopped watches and all that.

Leopard1996 on March 13, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Who is this Schmuckerberg and what is this Facebook of which you speak?

rukiddingme on March 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Zuckerberg is a young fool and all that remains to be proven is if he will grow to be an old fool, or will wise up.

Even the old fools of the Senate are now worried about being spied on. It breaks my heart, it really does.

virgo on March 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Oh, puh-lease, Zuckerberg is a bloody hypocrite who facilitated the govt snooping all this time…when he saw the internauters turned massively against FB and Google’ (many dropped off the FB meanwhile as a result of the NSA scandal), he changed course, and now he’s against the givt’s snooping…disgusting..

jimver on March 14, 2014 at 1:13 AM

My snark here replaced today by borrowed snark from someone who came up with a better zinger than I did (from my twitter feed):

Christopher Cooper ‏@ARTofCOOP 6h

Like Dr. Doom lecturing Dr. Octopus about ignoring the Hippocratic Oath: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/03/13/mark_zuckerberg_to_obama_nsa_spying_violates_privacy_public_s_trust.html

I can’t compare with that snark.

At least I have my stunningly average looks to fall back on.

gekkobear on March 14, 2014 at 2:33 AM

People like Zuckerberg are a bigger threat to the internet and to freedom of speech. Look to his associate, Sheryl Sandberg, for an example of his influence…

zoyclem on March 14, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Poor Zuckerman, he believed Barry when he told him he was special.

ctmom on March 14, 2014 at 7:00 AM

U.S. government Obama is a threat to the Internet

albill on March 14, 2014 at 7:35 AM

This is an area where liberty minded conservatives can really grab the attention and support of the younger voters. My main concern and worry isn’t terrorism, Russia or some other boogie man with an accent. Statistically speaking you have a far greater chance of dying from lighting or some household incident compared to terrorism in the USA. My concern is our own government. From its illegal spying on US citizens without constitutional warrants, their debt, their lies to their endless foreign interventions.

MoreLiberty on March 14, 2014 at 7:38 AM

U.S. government Obama is a threat to the Internet

albill on March 14, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Sorry but if you believe that when this idiot is out of office that all of this will stop you are either very naive or a simple partisan.

MoreLiberty on March 14, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Bravo, Mr. Zuckerberg.

In other news, water is still wet , fire still burns, and the Pope is still Catholic, internet memes to the contrary.

pendell2 on March 14, 2014 at 7:47 AM

LOL.

Gotta love the guy who set up multiple phony “conservative” organizations to try and con people into supporting amnesty accusing somebody else of being sneaky and dishonest.

AZCoyote on March 14, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Zuckerberg: U.S. government is a threat to the Internet

How’s that immigration bill going ?

workingclass artist on March 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

If they have the power to do things for you, they also have the power to do things to you.

sharrukin on March 13, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Zuckerberg is not ignorant of that but he knows enough about how DC works to bet that he can use his money to enlist government in his fight against other large companies that he sees as a more immediate threat.

Nomas on March 14, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Zuckerberg could care less about this country and our freedoms and liberties…by saying the government is a threat to the Internet…ALL he is saying is they are a threat to him making more money. He and Gates are two sides to the same dirty coin…they are liberals that embody every horrible claim made about Republican businessmen….greedy self serving and actually working to control every aspect of our lies….I despise them both. ANY admiration being expressed for him in these comments is pathetically misplaced!

Caseoftheblues on March 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM

It’s a rare Obama-friendly Millenial who can concede that maybe the government, with Obama atop it, is not an unfailingly benevolent force in our lives.

I wouldn’t be too quick to heap praise on him. I’m sure he believes that Bush is really to blame for all of this, and Obama is just a “victim” of Bush’s policies.

Sterling Holobyte on March 14, 2014 at 11:51 AM

On the left, many will snark that he’s one to talk about privacy, drawing no distinction between Facebook’s sometimes problematic use of data and the government taking it from private citizens without their knowledge.

Of course, MKH – only the left acknowledges the truth.

corona79 on March 14, 2014 at 11:56 AM

The irony is lost on Zuckercornberg I’m afraid …

Whitey Ford on March 16, 2014 at 2:57 PM