Google, Twitter and Facebook show their support in Apple’s fight against FBI


Facebook, Twitter and Google have come out in support of Apple’s decision to not create a backdoor in iOS to help the FBI with the San Bernardino shooting case. Executives of the companies either took to Twitter or released a public comment showing their support to Apple and thanked it for their fight to save consumers privacy.

First to support Apple and Cook’s decision was Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, who took to Twitter to say that “forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy.” In the end, Pichai says he looks forward to an open discussion on this serious issue.

Following Pichai, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey also showed his support to Apple and thanked him for his leadership.

Lastly, Facebook also published a comment on this matter saying that they will “fight aggressively against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems”, though they don’t explicitly mention supporting Apple’s move once.

“We condemn terrorism and have total solidarity with victims of terror. Those who seek to praise, promote, or plan terrorist acts have no place on our services. We also appreciate the difficult and essential work of law enforcement to keep people safe,” the statement reads. “When we receive lawful requests from these authorities we comply. However, we will continue to fight aggressively against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems. These demands would create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies’ efforts to secure their products.”

Surprisingly, when contacted by USA Today, Yahoo and Microsoft specifically declined to comment on the matter, though a body — Reform Government Surveillance (RGS) — of which Microsoft is a part of, did release a statement on the issue.

“Reform Government Surveillance companies believe it is extremely important to deter terrorists and criminals and to help law enforcement by processing legal orders for information in order to keep us all safe. But technology companies should not be required to build in backdoors to the technologies that keep their users’ information secure. RGS companies remain committed to providing law enforcement with the help it needs while protecting the security of their customers and their customers’ information.”

Other companies that are a part of the RGS group include AOL, Yahoo, Evernote, LinkedIn and Dropbox.

As for Apple’s fight against the FBI, the court provided Apple with more time to respond to its order to unlock the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino’s shooter. The court had initially given Apple 5 days to respond, but now the deadline has been extended to February 26. Tim Cook’s open letter made it pretty clear that the company will not be accepting the court order and will do whatever necessary to protect consumers privacy.

[Via Re/code, USA Today]