May 27, 2020

Facebook shareholders try to block encryption plan

Investors at Facebook's annual stockholder meeting will vote on a proposal to postpone the firm's plans for end-to-end encryption. Activist shareholders say this would make it nearly impossible to detect child exploitation on Facebook. In March 2019, Mr Zuckerberg said he wanted the firm to make end-to-end encryption the base level of security for all its messaging services - including Facebook Messenger and Instagram messaging. The initiative would mean that messages - including text and imagery - are digitally scrambled so that only the sender and receiver can make sense of them, and not Facebook itself. The US, UK and Australian governments have been among those pressuring Facebook to create a backdoor or other workaround that would give them access to messages to help in criminal investigations.

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