"what the...?"

Facebook, Google Deny Participation in Prism

There are two very different stories here. On Friday, top executives from all the leading tech companies originally named as participants in the sweeping government surveillance program code-named Prism denied they had ever heard of the program or authorized such access. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called reports "outrageous" and said they had "never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers." In a blog post titled "What the...?" Google co-founder Larry Page and chief legal officer David Drummond similarly denied granting access, saying, "We had not heard of a program called Prism until yesterday." Yahoo echoed the denials. Meanwhile, President Obama confirmed Prism's existence, and noted it was being run legally and with a "whole range of safeguards."