Tech giants’ failure to use surveillance to tackle terror poses ‘big moral questions’, says security minister

During the drafting of the Investigatory Powers Bill a coalition including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo said: “We reject any proposals that would require companies to deliberately weaken the security of their products via backdoors, forced decryption, or any other means.”

Jamie Bartlett,  Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, told the BBC that technology companies do not want to take responsibility for content shared on their platforms as it would make them legally responsible.

He said: “A lot of the big companies are now building in encryption into their services so they cannot decrypt it themselves. So when, for example, the government goes to WhatsApp and says can you give us the messages between person x and person y they can’t even do it.”

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