Edward Snowden claims social media is really ‘surveillance’.

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden has waded in on the Facebook data leak row.

The former CIA employee was less than complimentary about the social media site, saying the sole purpose of it was for ‘surveillance’.

Snowden has a wealth of knowledge about the inner workings of the way the government watch our every move. He stated that social media companies were simply ‘surveillance companies’ in disguise.

The government have a history of having a penchant for spying on its citizens. Often they have to go to difficulties to get the information they desire.

The invention of social media must have seemed like a God-send to those eager to get their hands on our personal data. Never before have people been so willing to share intimate details of their personal lives with the entire world.

Of course, many people posting where they went on holiday; what they had for dinner do not assume that their data ever goes further than their friends list.

The latest scandal to hit Facebook revealed how user’s personal data was secretly harvested and sold to advertisers. While this is actually the way the advertising world operates, many were shocked to find that it had happened to them personally.

Snowden posted a series of tweets about the role of social media in today’s world.

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom also shared his non-surprise at this information coming to light.

He tweeted:

“Unfortunately all big US Internet companies are in bed with the deep state. Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc. are all providing backdoors to your data.”

A price to pay

Facebook is the most widely used social media site in the world, and yet it’s free. How did people think that it was making its money?

Every user of Facebook clicked ‘agree’ to the terms and conditions when signing up. Many would agree that the terms and conditions are way too long, and the vast majority of people never read them.

But it is this way that the lines are purposely blurred which has meant that they can operate somewhat shadily.

The company at the heart of the row, Cambridge Analytica are accused of selling data which effectively won the presidential election for Trump.

Are people really so shocked that Facebook has been spying on them? Those in the know like Snowden hardly seem surprised at all.

Retired whistle-blower Mark Klein said:

“They are collecting everything on everybody,”

H/T ZeroHedge