WhatsApp will also quit UK if Online Safety Bill weakens encryption

09/03/2023 | The Guardian

Less than two weeks after the announcement that Signal would stop providing services in the UK if the government's Online Safety Bill weakens end-to-end encryption (E2E), WhatsApp has also confirmed it will not remove E2E encryption for the UK.  

Meta’s head of WhatsApp, Will Cathcart, speaking during a visit to the UK that will include a meeting with lawmakers, called the Online Safety Bill one of the most concerning pieces of legislation in the western world. Cathcart said, “It’s a remarkable thing to think about. There isn’t a way to change it in just one part of the world. Some countries have chosen to block it: that’s the reality of shipping a secure product. We’ve recently been blocked in Iran, for example. But we’ve never seen a liberal democracy do that."

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