NEW YORK, NY — Two of the biggest names in the tech world responded publicly Friday to reports that the government has been given direct access to their companies’ servers as part of a sweeping surveillance program.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Larry Page penned blog posts in response to reports from The Guardian and The Washington Post that a secret National Security Agency program known as PRISM allows the government to monitor emails, photos, search histories and other data from some of America’s biggest Internet companies.
According to the newspapers, a top-secret government document describing the program says it uses “collection directly from the servers” of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple.
Zuckerberg called the reports “outrageous,” saying Facebook “is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers.”
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