Facebook has vowed to make its messenger services more secure by using end-to-end encryption.
After William Barr sent Facebook a letter asking them to reconsider this action, Democrats ripped the attorney general for using “false pretense” to make his request, according to The Washington Times.
Protecting Its Users
Facebook made the announcement as a way to convince users that their data would be protected from hackers and other outside interests.
However, Barr is taking the stance that end-to-end encryption would make it far more difficult, if not impossible, for authorities to track down criminals.
Of special interest in this matter are child sex abusers, who regularly use social media to stalk their prey. Barr is not necessarily against the data being protected, he would just like some type of backdoor access for law enforcement when needed.
The attorney general stated: “By enabling dangerous criminals to cloak their communications and activities behind an essentially impenetrable digital shield, the deployment of warrant-proof encryption is already imposing huge costs on society.”
Oddly enough, this is all going on while another social media app, TikTok, is under investigation for possible data storage issues and content censorship.
Democrats believe Barr is just using child abusers as a way to have the government work its way into user data.
According to Democrats, having access to this information will not help the fight against this problem in any substantive way.
Democrats sent a letter regarding Barr’s request, stating: “This proposal will not meaningfully address the problem of CSAI, because illegal content will simply move to the dark web…while exposing millions of law-abiding Americans to new cybersecurity threats from stalkers, hackers and other criminals.
They went on: “We urge you to stop demanding that private companies purposefully weaken their encryption for the false pretense of protecting children.”
Facebook, for its part, does not seem inclined to honor the attorney general’s request, so this could be a moot point anyway. The company stated it does not approve of backdoor government access such as Barr is requesting and believes private conversations should be kept private, period.