Home Office launches campaign to pressure Meta into delaying encryption

20/09/2023 | The Guardian

A day after the Online Safety Bill passed its final Parliamentary debate, the UK Home Office has launched a campaign, including a statement from a sexual abuse survivor, urging Meta to halt its plans to roll out encrypted messaging on its platforms until it has safety plans in place to detect abuse activity within encrypted messages.

A video featuring a message from survivor Rhiannon-Faye McDonald addresses her concerns to Mark Zuckerberg: “Your plans will let abusers hide in the dark,” she says as she urges the Meta CEO to “take responsibility”. 

McDonald, 33, was groomed online and abused at the age of 13, although she did not encounter her abuser on Meta platforms.

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