MI5 chief says Facebook will give criminals a “free pass”


Facebook wants to install end-to-end encryption. That is, the message is only visible to senders and recipients-REUTERS

Facebook wants to install end-to-end encryption. That is, the message is only visible to senders and recipients-REUTERS

MI5 officials accused Facebook of giving terrorists and other dangerous criminals a “free pass” by allowing stronger encryption on the network.

Ken McCallum has hundreds of anti-terrorism investigations by security services Social media giant plans to install end-to-end encryptionThat is, the message is only visible to senders and recipients.

Regarding Times Radio, he said: “The decisions made in the California boardroom, like the decisions made in Afghanistan and Syria, are in every respect related to our ability to carry out our work.”

Facebook’s privacy plan for Messenger and Instagram makes it easy to distribute illegal material and attempt attacks without terrorists being detected, said McCallum, who took over Sir Andrew Parker as MI5 Secretary last April. Insisted that it would be.

Change too Difficult to identify child abusers And other serious criminals, it was alleged. According to security experts, messages are only visible to senders and recipients, so social media companies will no longer use algorithms to flag illegal content.

Facebook Claims that stronger encryption measures are needed To keep users safe from hackers. McCallum said he understands that privacy is an important issue, but he is not afraid to see dangerous criminals if he allows “absolutely no means” to bypass encryption. He said that a “free pass” would be possible because he could commit illegal acts.

McCallum said: “If you have end-to-end default encryption and you have no way to unwrap that encryption, then in effect terrorists, those who are organizing child sexual abuse online, some of the worst people, etc. , Giving to rare people. Our society-a free pass they know that no one can see what they are doing in their private living room. “

In a statement TimesFacebook said measures were taken to “fight against criminal activity” and added that it would continue to work with police and security services.

A spokeswoman said: “We are not tolerant of terrorism and child exploitation on the platform, and we continue to incorporate strong security measures into our plans, such as using information such as behavioral patterns and user reports to combat such abuse. We will work with industry experts. Law enforcement and security agencies to combat criminal activity and keep people safe on all platforms. “

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