Apple has a major stake in keeping devices secure, thanks to encryption, which it is putting to the test in an ongoing struggle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the agency tries to unlock an iPhone 5c.
But Apple isn’t alone in this endeavor. While the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, has come forward on multiple occasions to stand up for encryption, and the security that the company offers those who buy its products, so have other companies and their executives. That includes Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, WhatsApp’s co-founder, and even Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, and others.
Now, as reported by Re/code, Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has also come forward with his own announcement in support of Apple, saying that he, and Facebook, believes in encryption, and that they are sympathetic to Apple’s position:
“We’re sympathetic with Apple on this one. We believe in encryption,” he said. “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.”
However, Zuckerberg is also fully aware of Facebook’s position in the public consciousness, and says that they do what they can to remove any kind of support for terrorism from its pages, because he says “we don’t want people that are doing that stuff on Facebook.”
“We feel like we have a pretty big responsibility,” he added. “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. We don’t want people that are doing that stuff on Facebook.”
Apple putting up a fight against a court order, or the Department of Justice, and battling wit the FBI over a single device is one thing, but having support from some of the biggest names and companies in the world is another thing entirely. The situation would look quite different if it were just Apple by itself.
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