WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart gave a new interview. Cathcart said in this interview that it “will not compromise the security” of the messaging service. In a statement to the BBC, Cathcart stated that if they wanted to weaken the encryption, it would be “very stupid” to accept it.
THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT PLANS TO DETECT CHILD ABUSE MATERIALS
Governments are working to detect child abuse materials. Among the British government’s plans to detect child abuse material is the possible screening of private messages. The British government says tech firms should tackle child abuse material. The government’s proposals are part of the Online Security Act, which has been delayed until the fall.
A government spokesperson said, “They should not ignore the obvious risk that end-to-end encryption could blind them to content and hinder efforts to catch perpetrators. We continue to work with the technology industry to support the development of innovative technologies that protect public safety without compromising privacy.” said.
Apart from the British government, the EU Commission has also said tech companies must “detect, report, block and remove” child abuse material on their platforms.
WHATSAPP’S BOSS: “THIS WOULD BE SO STUPID”
Will Cathcart, head of WhatsApp, said: “If we had to reduce its worldwide security to meet the requirement in one country, it would be very foolish of us to accept that. That would make our product less attractive to 98% of our users due to the 2% requirements.” used his statements.
“What is recommended is that we read everyone’s messages, either directly or indirectly through software. I don’t think people want that.” said. Cathcart said that WhatsApp has already detected hundreds of thousands of child abuse material and noted the following;
“There are techniques that are very effective and have not been adopted by the industry and do not require us to sacrifice the security of everyone. We report more than almost any other internet service in the world.”