Assange: Facebook an “appalling spy machine”

By on May 4, 2011
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Wikileaks head says that sites like Facebook build interfaces to help US intelligence.

At a time when services such as Paypal and GoDaddy relented to government pressure of preventing Wikileaks from using their services, Facebook was one of the only sites that stuck to their terms and did not shut off the controversial site. Julian Assange, head of Wikileaks, however, is not in a complimentary state, and has unleashed a scathing attack against Facebook in an Russian TV interview.

When asked to comment on the role of social networking sites in helping carrying out revolutions that took place in the Middle East, he said: “Facebook in particular is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented. Here we have the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations and the communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to U.S. intelligence.”

He further added that sites like Google and Facebook build custom interfaces for US intelligence to help spy on the database they create. By automating the process, all the companies involved save time and money as they can pull out information about a person or a group individually than recording and storing the entire database.

“Everyone should understand that when add their friends to Facebook, they are doing free work for U.S Intelligence agencies in building this database for them.”


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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