Facebook’s PRISM statement was posted on Friday, making the status update via Mark Zuckerberg one that many did not yet see due to the timing and the volume of posts regarding newly revealed government spying.
Thinking about Facebook’s PRISM cooperation (potentially) is enough to send chills through even the most law-abiding Facebook user, but Mark Zuckerberg addressed the issue personally — via a status update, natch.
According to Zuck, Facebook’s PRISM involvement is non-existant. And what’s more, the social network wants to remind you that your privacy isn’t something they’d just give away to the government for asking — that costs dolla dolla bills, y’all.
I want to respond personally to the outrageous press reports about PRISM:
Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers. We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk, like the one Verizon reportedly received. And if we did, we would fight it aggressively. We hadn’t even heard of PRISM before yesterday.
When governments ask Facebook for data, we review each request carefully to make sure they always follow the correct processes and all applicable laws, and then only provide the information if is required by law. We will continue fighting aggressively to keep your information safe and secure.
Facebook’s PRISM statement concludes:
We strongly encourage all governments to be much more transparent about all programs aimed at keeping the public safe. It’s the only way to protect everyone’s civil liberties and create the safe and free society we all want over the long term.
Did potential Facebook PRISM involvement worry you when the news first broke?