U.S. Asks Facebook to Delay Encryption as European Court Expands ‘Take-down’ Power

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has asked Facebook to hold off on plans to add encryption throughout its messaging services, citing public safety, The Wall Street Journal reports. Barr made the request in an open letter signed by his British and Australian counterparts. The leaders are asking the company to delay its encryption plan until it finds a way to provide government access for investigative purposes. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg outlined plans to focus on encrypted messaging and small-group chats earlier this year. In related news, Europe’s top court ruled yesterday that individual European countries can order Facebook to take down posts, photographs and videos not only in their own countries but internationally. The Memphis Business Journal has that story.

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