During his conversation today with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, Zuckerberg said that in much the same way that Facebook has an obligation to protect the data of its users, the United States has an obligation to protect American citizens and American business interests. He said that the government “did a bad job of balancing” their obligations.
While the government tried to placate the domestic public by saying that the powers of the NSA were directed overseas, Zuckerberg pointed out that hurt the reputation of tech companies like Facebook which try to reach an international audience.
“Oh that’s really gonna help companies that are trying to serve people around the world,” Zuckerberg said.
Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.