UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and counterparts in the US and Australia have sent an open letter to Facebook calling on it to rethink its plans to encrypt all messages on its platforms.
The policy threatens “lives and the safety of our children”, they said.
They said it could hamper international efforts to grant law enforcers faster access to private messages on social media, as agreed between the UK and US.
Facebook said “people have the right to have a private conversation online.”
The head of Facebook-owned WhatsApp Will Cathcart had previously posted on Hacker News: “End-to-end encryption protects that right for over a billion people every day.” Read more