Last week, a federal judge ordered Apple to bypass security functions on the iPhone and help the FBI break into the iPhone used by Farook, one of the assailants in the December mass shootings in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people.
Mark Zuckerberg has voiced out his support for Apple in its fight with the FBI over a terrorist’s iPhone, rejecting the idea that technology companies should create “backdoors” for intelligence agencies and law enforcement.
“We’re sympathetic with Apple. We believe in encryption; we think that that’s an important tool,” He said on state at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
“I don’t think requiring backdoors with encryption is either going to be an effective way to increase security or is really the right thing to do for just the direction that the world is going to,” Zuckerberg said.
He also spoke of the “pretty big responsibility” Facebook has to “help prevent terrorism and different kinds of attacks.
“We certainly do have very strong policies on this. If there is any content that is promoting terrorism or sympathizing with ISIS we’ll take that off the service,” he said. “We don’t want people doing that kind of stuff on Facebook. If we have opportunities to basically work with governments and folks to make sure that there aren’t terrorist attacks then we’re going to take those opportunities and we feel a pretty strong responsibility to help make sure that society is safe. We care about that. That’s a big deal. We take that seriously.”
It’s good to know that most of the US technology companies are behind Apple on this. There are serious implications in creating such “backdoor software”, if it gets into the wrong hands, then the chances of higher attacks, snooping, spying and hacking shoots up and then again can you really trust the FBI with such software? No.