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Are Google And Facebook Just Pretending They Want Limits On NSA Surveillance?

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Facebook's 29-year-old billionaire creator Mark Zuckerberg speaks on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on February 24, 2014. Fresh from a $19-billion (14-billion-euro) takeover by Facebook, mobile messaging service WhatsApp said today it will launch free voice calls by mid-year. Zuckerberg was the star speaker today of the industry fair, had announced a stock and cash purchase of WhatsApp last Wednesday of $19 billion (14-billion-euro). AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (P | LLUIS GENE via Getty Images

Revelations about the National Security Agency's most controversial surveillance program, which centers on the bulk collection of hundreds of billions of records of Americans' phone conversations, were quickly greeted with calls for reform by major internet powerhouses like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo last year. But all four companies, along with dozens of other major tech firms, are actively opposing an initiative to prevent NSA spying known as the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, leaning on secretive industry lobbying groups while they profess outrage in official statements.

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