Facebook and Yahoo CEOs: We Faced Jail if We Revealed NSA Surveillance Secrets
&lt;img style=”margin: 10px;” alt=”facebook-yahoo1″ src=”https://d3ojdig7p1k9j.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/facebook-yahoo1-300×229.jpg” width=”192″ height=”146″ />Stephen: Not sure that I totally believe this new public line by the ‘threatened’ big tech companies. If companies this big, rich and popular don’t want to do something, they don’t; they can’t throw the whole company in jail! And there’s a big difference between ‘pushing’ for certain information to be released and seriously coming forth with full details of how far this surveillance really goes. Nevertheless it shows how much the NSA wants to keep its privacy invasion secrets secret.
By Dominic Rushe in San Francisco, The Guardian – September 12, 2013
Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook struck back on Wednesday at critics who have charged tech companies with doing too little to fight off NSA surveillance. Mayer said executives faced jail if they revealed government secrets.
Yahoo and Facebook, along with other tech firms, are pushing for the right to be allowed to publish the number of requests they receive from the spy agency. Companies are forbidden by law to disclose how much data they provide.
During an interview at the Techcrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Mayer was asked why tech companies had not simply decided to tell the public more about what the US surveillance industry was up to. “Releasing classified information is treason and you are incarcerated,” she said.
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