Julian Assange: Facebook is Most Appalling Spying Machine Ever Invented

Posted on May 3, 2011

FacebookJulian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, clearly doesn't think Facebook is a place for privacy. He called Facebook "the most appalling spying machine" ever created in an interview with Russia Today.

Assange says in the interview, "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 US intelligence. Facebook, Google, Yahoo - all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It's not a matter of serving a subpoena. They have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use. "

Assange also accuses Facebook of automating the process for when the government requests information about one its users. Assange also says, "Everyone should understand that when they add their friends to Facebook, they are doing free work for United States intelligence agencies in building this database for them."

Forbes reports that Facebook has responded to the Assange's comments. A Facebook spokesperson said, "There has never been a time we have been pressured to turn over data - we fight every time we believe the legal process is insufficient. The legal standards for compelling a company to turn over data are determined by the laws of the country, and we respect that standard."

Social networks will have a lot of work to do when it comes to proving that they keep its user's data safe. Most people won't be willing to share much or anything at all if they think their information, contacts and messages are being given to third parties or the government.