Just keeping us safe from ourselves.

Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday.

The social-networking giant is the latest technology company to release figures on how often governments seek information about its customers. Microsoft and Google have done the same.



  1. kevink says:

    I supposes that doesn’t include the requests that were under gag order, or national security letter though?

    • secret mgmt says:

      It’s questions like that what causes unrest. You love your mother, don’t you, kevink?

      • msbpodcast says:

        loved, past tense…

        We’re the NSA.

        Anonymous has nothing on us.

        But we have tons of shit on everybody else, including Anonymous.

        Plus we have no morals or ethics to compromise, unlike that squealing (still breathing, for now,) rat Snowden.

        Think of the worst, and then think again.

        Kiss your constitution goodbye…

        • James says:

          LOL. That’s the joke of it. The Constitution died in the 30s under FDR. It’s just that American citizens were either too preoccupied (by war and/or poverty) or too complacent to notice.

          Garet Garrett wrote of the situation in a piece entitled “The Revolution Was” from 1938. Garrett said it best:
          “There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom.”

    • I stated wrong personal info on FB. I have nothing to worry about!

  2. spsffan says:

    I’m an atheist, but I can make no better analogy than this.

    Mark Zuckerberg is the anti-Christ.

  3. Dallas says:

    As a facebook user, I’m deeply outraged.

    • NewformatSux says:

      You should be, as you are the most reported. Seems you have a number of posts like ‘Obama’s event was the bomb.’ ‘Dying to see the President’ ‘Can’t wait to meet Obama and show him how I feel’

  4. Glenn E. says:

    Let’s just call a spade a spade, and rename Facebook to Slavebook. Then I think we’ll have a bit more truth in advertising here.

  5. Wink L. Voss says:

    Is the enemy the entity that provided information requested under penalty of law, or is the enemy those who demand that information without probably cause? Of course no one is forced to use Facebook.

  6. The Mick says:

    Whats worse are idiots who bitch about Faceplant…BUT THEN THEY KEEP USING IT.

  7. BubbaMustafa says:

    They can have mine. I’m basically Alfred E. Newman.
    Behind VPNs and proxies.

    • ± says:

      Care to share the methodology? I’m posting this thru a single proxy with no other contortions. I doubt this preserves my ID. But I don’t embarrass myself like Alphie or bobbo so I’m not concerned about that. Rather, I just don’t want ANYONE to know who my real self is; I don’t need any more reason than that.

  8. mojo says:

    Facebook is a system for acquiring self-submitted dossiers on people. That they don’t even own.

    Stupid.

  9. NewformatSux says:

    Facebook only has the info you choose to give them.
    Plus the dossier on you that they collect from other sources. This is the shadow profile that you don’t know about. So just signing up for an account is a problem.

    • Tim says:

      Thx for the like, new friend. We are going on vacation and the key for the front door is NOT under the mat because my husband said that is the first place to look — so it is above the window sill and that will catch the criminals because the password is Smithhouse with a capitol ‘s’ because my husband said weak passwords are no good. We are getting a divorce next week. See you then!!

    • Dallas says:

      I have two profiles on facebook with different personalities and tastes. One being straight. Now what?

      • Mr Diesel - Bobbo who thinks nothing is wrong with child porn says:

        I can’t help but chuckle at that.

        When I setup my first profile (only profile) I was a 14 year old boy.

  10. sargasso_c says:

    That figure would seem small, given Facebook’s membership numbers.

  11. msbpodcast says:

    Wee at least the asked, unlike the NSA who just do it and if you object: FUCK YOU!.

    And don’t ask what we want to do with it or who its for…

    Why else do you think we have a black budget line item on the DOD’s budget. And it better stay that way or else all of the 1%ers dirty laundry gets aired.

    And your company’s private emails, meeting notes, confidential papers etc.

  12. bobbo, we think words, and flower with movie references says:

    One of my favorite subjects, actually after bargaining with the Devil and time travel to change the Present is….. the law of unintended consequences. I wonder when wunderkind realized all the gubment involvement that would have to be dealt with on his social media service? How many kiddies simply wanting to scope out the hot barista babe in 3rd Period Romantic Literature new his pedophilia would also get out?

    Ha, ha.

    …… and the forth subject is apparent as well: how many fruit loops think they have a life worth snooping on. We aren’t all hot barista babes.

    Sadly.

  13. JimD says:

    FaceBook = NSA/CIA/FBI FRONT ORGANIZATION !!! The “FaceHoles” want to suck up everyone’s data and HAND IT OVER TO THE GOVERNMENT !!! That’s why FaceBook wants to go GLOBAL and have a FILE ON EVERY HUMAN ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH !!!


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