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Facebook executives advised Attorney General William Barr that the corporate wouldn’t present regulation enforcement with investigative entry to its encrypted messaging merchandise forward of a senate listening to on encryption on Tuesday.

In a letter, WhatsApp and Messenger heads Will Cathcart and Stan Chudnovsky, respectively, mentioned that any “backdoor” entry into Facebook’s merchandise created for regulation enforcement might be utilized by unhealthy actors for nefarious functions. For this cause, Facebook denied Barr’s request to make its merchandise extra accessible.

“The ‘backdoor’ entry you’re demanding for regulation enforcement could be a present to criminals, hackers and repressive regimes, making a method for them to enter our techniques and leaving each particular person on our platforms…

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