Glenn Greenwald and Snowden: ‘Nobody Should Use Facebook’

During a Q&A in Canada, Glenn Greenwald was asked why his colleague and NSA whistleblower,Edward Snowden, wasn’t on any of the social media platforms — i.e., Facebook — and Greenwald didn’t mince words.

“He doesn’t use Facebook because he hates Facebook,” he said. “They’re one of the worst violators of privacy in history. Nobody should use Facebook.”

Greenwald did add that despite the difficulties of being the most wanted man in the world right now, he thought Snowden would be an engaging presence on Twitter, should he choose to go in that direction. Snowden practically lives his life online these days, he added, and “actually, before all this happened, before anyone knew Edward Snowden, it’s what he did anyways.”

And ironically, his Russian exile has enabled Snowden to engage in public life and continue speaking out about American mass surveillance, rather than being “condemned to this life of dankness and dark misery” in a Dostoyevsky novel. “He’s become a really important voice in the debate where he helped to catalyze, and he’s really happy about that,” Greenwald said.

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Michael Harvey has been a contributing writer and journalist for the Pluto Daily since January 2014.

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