Published On: Tue, Aug 6th, 2013

VKontakte founder, Pavel Durov offers Edward Snowden a job

The founder and CEO of the “Russian Facebook” has reportedly offered a position to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, one day after receiving temporary asylum in the country.

28-year-old Pavel Durov, the man behind VKontakte, or VK (ВКонтакте in Russian) invited Snowden to join the social media company via his VK wall:

“Today Edward Snowden – a man denounced crimes against the citizens of the U.S. intelligence services around the world – has received temporary asylum in Russia. At such moments, you feel proud of our country and regretted the U.S. policy – a country committed to the principles on which it was once built. invite Edward to St. Petersburg and will be happy if he decides to fill up a stellar team of programmers VKontakte. In the end, there is no more popular European Internet companies than VK (Computer translated).”

Durov, who is often referred to as Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg, said he would like Snowden to help protect users’ personal data, “I think Edward might be interesting to do the protection of personal data of millions of our users (Computer translated).”

VK is the second biggest social network service in Europe after Facebook and it is available in several languages. It is popular among Russian-speaking users from Russia to Israel.

Like other social networks, VK allows users to message contacts publicly or privately, create groups, public pages and events, share and tag images, audio and video, and play browser-based games.

As of December 2012, VK has at least 195 million accounts. VK is ranked 19 in Alexa’s global Top 500 sites and is the second most visited website in Russia. In December 2012 VK had an average of 43 million daily users.

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