The Post previously claimed that Microsoft, Yahoo, Google,
Facebook, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL and Apple ”participate
knowingly”. The phrase that stood out in the report (it has been
repurposed by numerous tech blogs and news sites across the
Web) since it suggested that US firms willingly agreed to a
process that — at best — could violate the rights of millions in
the US if their data is accidentally monitored by the NSA.
Hours after the news broke, and every company bar PalTalk and AOL
denied any knowledge of the program and allegations of their
involvement, the Post has changed its stance. The phrase
”participate knowingly” has been removed from the article, a new
passage suggests the firms were unaware of PRISM.