Facebook recently released a report that showed some 74 governments have requested various data about individual users. The scary part is that while Facebook claims to have very stringent standards for the release of such data, they admit to giving at least some data to various governments in 79% of the cases.
That means that in 8 out of 10 cases, Facebook gave you up if a government official had an issue with something you said online. Should we be surprised? Should Facebook be less amenable to helping various governments spy on their own citizens? I think the lesson here is that if you’re a political dissident in a totalitarian regime, you might want to stay off Facebook. If you live in a “free” country but like to criticize the government, you might want to be careful too.
Any if you’re Mark Zuckerberg, you might want to have a long look in the mirror and wonder how you can live with yourself as boy wonder billionaire while people who trusted your service might be getting arrested, tortured or killed. By the way, is Facebook being paid for the data by the 74 governments? Inquiring minds want to know.
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