SAN FRANCISCO: On Thursday, over 100 child protection international organizations strongly urged Facebook to curtail plans for encryption of all its networks, to prevent child abuse on social media.
Facebook is operating on extending end-to-end encryption across its messaging services including Facebook Messenger and Instagram. The organizations have said they are worried that enhanced online exchange encryption will promote child pornography sharing.
“We request you to acknowledge and accept that a higher risk of child abuse being promoted on or by Facebook is not a great trade-off to create,” the American Society for the Prevention of Children’s organizations said in an official letter to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Rights activists praised Facebook’s step towards stronger security, however, countries such as the United States, Britain, and Australia also called on the social network to require officials to break encryption in order to better combat terrorism, child pornography, and other violence.
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