Facebook urged to end encryption to help cops stop paedophiles using app – The Sun

FACEBOOK chief Mark Zuckerberg must end the firms encryption plans to aid cops tracking criminals, campaigners say.

Their demand comes after an online pervert admitted 96 offences against 51 children.

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Cops fear he could have gone undetected had the toughened messaging been in place.

Labourer David Wilson, 36, of Ipswich, posed as teenage girls to get boys to send him photos and video of themselves.

He used Facebook Messenger which is set to be tightened so only a sender and recipient can read or modify a message.

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Andy Burrows, the NSPCCs head of child safety online policy, said: The choice is clear for Mark Zuckerberg.

"Pause end-to-end encryption until he can prove it will not hold back police, or risk letting offenders like Wilson abuse kids unseen.

Cops fear terrorists will also evade capture. Rob Jones, National Crime Agency director of threat leadership, said: We get tens of thousands of reports every year about paedophiles from Facebook.

He warned encryption will be turning out the lights for policing.

A Facebook spokesman said: Child exploitation and grooming have no place on our platforms.

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Facebook has led the industry in developing new ways to prevent, detect, and respond to abuse and we will continue to work with law enforcement to combat criminal activity.

End-to-end encryption is already the leading technology used by many services to keep people safe and we will build on our strong anti-abuse capabilities at WhatsApp when we roll it out on our other messaging services.

For example, through a combination of advanced technology and user reports, WhatsApp bans around 250,000 accounts each month suspected of sharing child exploitative imagery."

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