Facebook to Assange - We're not a Spying Machine

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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San Francisco, May 4: While responding to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's remarks, a spokesman from social networking website Facebook denied the allegations that the Facebook acts as a spying machine for United States Intelligence agencies.

During an interview with Forbes, Facebook spokesman said that Facebook does not have a seperate interface for US Intelligence.

"We don't respond to pressure, we respond to compulsory legal process," said a Facebook spokesperson. "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."

Earlier, WikiLeaks editor, Julian Assange described Facebook, the social networking site with more than 600 million active users, as "the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented." Assange accused that Facebook and some other tech companies have an interface developed for US Intelligence to use.

"Here we have the world's most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations, their communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US Intelligence," Assange accused.

The Facebook official said that they have a dedicated team to look into law enforcement's request for data.

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