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Facebook, Google Use Suspiciously Similar Language To Deny Giving NSA Access To Servers

Twitter users are noticing some striking similarities between Google’s and Facebook’s protests of innocence over the NSA’s PRISM program.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google cofounder Larry Page both published statements on their respective websites on Friday, emphatically claiming they knew nothing of PRISM, in which the government says it was allowed access to servers by nine major internet companies.

Neither claimed to have heard of PRISM before yesterday. In fact, both used that same sentence. “We hadn’t even heard of PRISM before yesterday,” Zuckerberg’s post read, while Page’s read, “We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.”

RedEye’s Andy Levy was one of the first to call attention to this confluence:

Others quickly joined in. Scott Buscemi gathered some of the more glaring similarities, with the most telling example being about “direct” access:

Google: “we have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government—or any other government—direct access to our servers”
Facebook: “Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers”

Speculation at this point ranges from the men tweaking the same original statement (but written by whom?!?) to Zuckerberg working off of Page’s post, which was published earlier.


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