Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Backs Apple in its FBI Encryption Fight


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg echoed Google CEO Sundar Pichai and WhatsApp founder Jan Koum today in stating his personal support for Apple in its encryption fight with the FBI.

Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Mark Zuckerberg said:

“We’re sympathetic with Apple on this one. We believe in encryption. I expect it’s not the right thing to try to block that from the mainstream products people want to use, and I think it’s not going to be the right regulatory or economic policy to put in place.”

Zuckerberg said he believes in using strong encryption, but also assisting the government in its terrorism fight.

“We feel like we have a pretty big responsibility. We certainly do have very strong policies on this that if there’s any content that’s promoting terrorism or sympathizing with ISIS or anything like that, we’ll … get those people off the service.”

Apple’s fight against the FBI has drawn fresh lines between tech companies and intelligence agencies. Microsoft, Twitter, Google, and WhatsApp also publicly came out against the FBI’s attempt to force Apple to write custom code to help law enforcement unlock the iPhone 5C used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

[via WSJ]

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