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Now from the IRS scandal to the NSA's you know you remember that one major tech companies are still blasting the government for the -- Now we've got giants like Google Microsoft FaceBook all urging the senate to just stop this nonsense.
Social media website read it also joining the fight in the general manager Eric Martin joins me now.
And I saw this this event you guys said that you were tended were all these Internet companies got together restored -- fourth of July you rally -- And always different cities I.
Didn't realize that.
The smaller -- -- -- you know you guys are growing but the smaller names are pushing us pushing back against -- -- it's -- thing you know it's it's really the users of.
Our site -- restore the fourth movement happens starred on -- and it kind of got built up there besides into the rallies here in New York.
And there were all kinds different people there were people from the occupy crowd people from the Tea Party crowd.
People who lose their first collected.
-- -- people -- been protesting since the sixties and people who this is their first protest so and I saw where you were quoted as saying that these people the first protest you -- you felt that it was powerful I mean this really.
Should resonate with the with the whoever's orchestrating the NSA's and to somehow make this thing you know fix it.
Absolutely I mean that it's getting people you know out of their of their houses and into the streets and people who haven't been active politically before.
I think says a lot and when he shot when this when this when it's it was rebuild what was going on that mean where you were you.
You know -- and I mean there are you first -- you sort of are you political minded person.
Other I've looked at Google -- that's -- did wanted to hippest dudes around but I think thing about politics.
It's mainly by accident I mean as as someone working at a small Internet company have had to become increasingly.
You know aware of all these different acronyms and and laws and the Fourth Amendment and the Fourth Amendment you know we're just trying to run a business but increasingly you know sites like -- and Google and FaceBook are being kind of put in the middle between.
You know balancing the the interest of law enforcement of the government and the interests of of privacy in a private citizens and it's not a position we wanna be in but we we try to do our best to balance of -- -- you wanna see this go from there I mean I think the biggest thing is is more transparency.
You know at it as a business person we just want to be able to ensure our users and customers.
That we're being transparent about how much information where we're sharing about a area of the law -- I mean you know we had the Patriot Act and it seems like it morphed into something -- it was powerful to begin with.
But it went from just being you know the powerful to that could go to the whole -- -- that.
Do you want more and more clarity.
About what those powers are -- like to see those powers even in the mitigated somewhat.
Yeah I think I think even need a law enforcement people I talk to one more clarity it's still unclear whether you need warrants for things like emails or GPS data.
A movement right now to reform the electronic communications privacy act which was written in 1986 you know before.
We had any of this technology so that there's all but you know it's -- this patchwork of different confusing laws and we need updated -- you know you talked about the crowd do you think.
I think this seems like you know -- it's an eclectic crowd does this seem like the bases of both to become sort of a third party kind of movement not.
Was sort of libertarian tent to it -- -- it.
-- be I mean I think this millennial generation.
You know has lost.
Their faith and sort of the big organized groups whether it's you know whether it's religion whether it's a government whether -- -- these groups of them and if the tennis away or because they're corrupt and someone.
I don't know I mean or maybe a combination of many companies we also so much information you know floating around people can look you know if any information -- of the -- their fingertips.
So they're they're generally skeptical of you know any big group what whatever it is so I I think you know it could be that third.
Party movement or could just be people heard it a new way to be simply -- appreciate what you did not appreciate you -- on the -- time coming out -- -- -- Edison that I got doesn't have an -- everybody -- a lot -- thanks president.
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