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    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg added his name to the list of tech leaders rallying behind Apple in its encryption debate with the Justice Department, but a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center suggests the FBI is winning over public sentiment.



    Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, Zuckerberg said Facebook believes in encryption, adding that software backdoors are not effective and ethically dubious, reports Re/code.



    "We're sympathetic with Apple on this one," Zuckerberg said. "I expect it's not the right thing to try to block that from the mainstream products people want to use. And I think it's not going to be the right regulatory or economic policy to put in place."

    While siding with Apple on the overarching issue of strong encryption, the social media guru hedged his bets and pointed out Facebook does its part by complying with warranted law enforcement data requests. As Apple is currently locking horns with the DOJ over an iPhone tied to last year's San Bernardino shooting, Zuckerberg's comments on Monday had bearing on the government's anti-terrorism cybersecurity campaign.


    "We certainly do have very strong policies on this that if there's any content that's promoting terrorism or sympathizing with ISIS or anything like that, we'll ... get those people off the service. We don't want people that are doing that stuff on Facebook,"


    Being the world's foremost social network, Facebook has obvious skin in the game when it comes to protecting its users' data. Aside from user-based targeted advertising, the company's WhatsApp messaging service uses end-to-end encryption technology similar to Apple's iMessage, meaning it might see similar government pressure if the DOJ is able to set precedent with Apple.

    Zuckerberg's appraisal of the developing situation comes days after other influential tech personalities like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and entrepreneur Mark Cuban voiced their support of Apple's fight for encryption. However, the Justice Department is waging its own PR battle for favorable public opinion, and it appears to be going well.

    In a Pew Research Center poll conducted late last week, 51 percent of respondents said Apple should "unlock the iPhone" used by San Bernardino terrorist Syed Ryzwan Farook, while 38 percent said the company "should not unlock" the handset. The remaining 11 percent did not offer an opinion. The exact questions posed to poll takers was not revealed, but it seems U.S. sentiment is, for the most part, in agreement with the DOJ.

    It should be noted, however, that Apple is not being asked to unlock the iPhone 5c, but rather provide a software workaround that bypasses a passcode attempt counter, thereby allowing FBI agents to conduct a brute force attack on the device. The company is not being asked to unlock a single phone, but rather supply a proof-of-concept tool capable of breaking a major facet of iOS encryption.

    The FBI, as well as the White House, has stated on numerous occasions that the Apple-created forensic tool would only be used to crack Farook's iPhone 5c. On the other hand, security experts and Apple itself claim the creation of such a bypass inherently weakens iOS encryption, threatening millions of iOS devices.

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    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Answer1o1's Avatar
      Answer1o1 -
      They're using the terrorist thing as an excuse to remove whatever "freedom" and "privacy" we have left in America. These kunts want tabs on everything everyone is doing at all times. They don't give a **** about terrorist. Lets be real...
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Let’s be real. The average American knows absolutely nothing about privacy and encryption. We’re still hearing the “nothing to hide” argument for goodness sakes. The whole reason America is a republic instead of a democracy is that the average citizen knows nothing about these things. The fact of the matter is that anyone who knows anything about technology says this is a terrible idea. Heck, even Gen. Michael Hayden, former NSA director (1999-2005) and CIA chief (2006-2009) says he sides with Apple. The man in charge of the NSA and FBI while the patriot act was enacted says this is a bad idea. Let that sink in. If that doesn’t tell you what a terrible idea this is, nothing will.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      Let’s be real. The average American knows absolutely nothing about privacy and encryption. We’re still hearing the “nothing to hide” argument for goodness sakes. The whole reason America is a republic instead of a democracy is that the average citizen knows nothing about these things. The fact of the matter is that anyone who knows anything about technology says this is a terrible idea. Heck, even Gen. Michael Hayden, former NSA director (1999-2005) and CIA chief (2006-2009) says he sides with Apple. The man in charge of the NSA and FBI while the patriot act was enacted says this is a bad idea. Let that sink in. If that doesn’t tell you what a terrible idea this is, nothing will.
      Yeah back then we were informed about everything. Now it's mindless people are happy people and with the media we can shape their thinking for them.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      I thought the NSA, CIA and FBI could already make a back door remotely, intercept data and decrypt almost any phone already... This has all been surprising to find out that it's not as easy for government agencies to break into our phones as I thought... I just can't stand the hypocrisy of the USA, always railing against terrorists when hundreds of terrorist attacks (probably much higher a number) have been orchestrated and carried out by the United States in its history... "Our" military is on continents and in countries around the world overthrowing governments, assassinating leaders "we" don't like because they won't bow to "our" wants and do politics and business like "we" want them to... I can't take the media or the government agencies seriously, I am much more concerned with "our" own police, military and government agencies committing atrocities and terrorist acts on US soil than I am of Isis, Al Qaeda the Taliban or whoever... Screw the FBI and the courts for ordering apple to make a master key.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Answer1o1 View Post
      They're using the terrorist thing as an excuse to remove whatever "freedom" and "privacy" we have left in America. These kunts want tabs on everything everyone is doing at all times. They don't give a **** about terrorist. Lets be real...
      The U.S. government and agencies have been using Terrorism as a scare tactic for years now.

      The phrase "Land of the free, home of the brave" is the most ironic statement nowadays.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      The public is backing the FBI because most of them are too stupid to understand the consequences of what the courts are trying to force apple to do. They have their heads up their butts and are oblivious to anything but their own tiny world and they feel by giving up freedom they will be safe..... far from it!