Feb 6, 2020

NSPCC urges Facebook to stop encryption plans

The company is moving ahead with plans to implement the measure on Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct. A spokesman for Facebook said protecting the wellbeing of children on its platform was "Critically important" to it. In October, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg said the increased risk of child abuse "Weighed heavily" on him when considering the company's end-to-end encryption plan. "If Facebook proceed with their current plans, they will knowingly put the safety of children at risk - ignoring the warnings of police, charities and experts across the world," he said. "In its current form, encryption would breach Facebook's duty of care for children so the UK government must ensure a new regulator has the power to hold them financially and criminally accountable."

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