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Fight for the Future asks for end-to-end encrypted messages on social platforms

The group Fight for the Future has penned an open letter asking companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Apple to implement end-to-end encryption to increase message safety.

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Human rights group Fight for the Future recently shared an open letter asking social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Apple to begin utilizing end-to-end encryption as a way to help make messages safer.

In the open letter, an example of how Facebook recently “handed over direct messages between a mom and her teenage daughter to police” resulting in them being “prosecuted under the state’s anti-abortion law” was pointed to as one reason why not having end-to-end encryption can be problematic.

While that example is undoubtedly concerning, the underlying knowledge that popular messaging options like Facebook Messenger, where millions of people regularly communicate with one another, are without end-to-end encryption is also less than ideal. One might think that end-to-end encryption would be a common thing on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but as Fight for the Future points out, most of these social platforms don’t use it by default.

If you agree and are wondering what you can do to help encourage social platforms like Twitter and Instagram to take a closer look at end-to-end encryption, Fight for the Future is encouraging people to sign the open letter.

Screenshot of Fight for the Future website showing a form where people can sign the letter to show their support.
© Fight for the Future

For more on Fight for the Future’s efforts to get social media platforms to use end-to-end encryption, and to sign the petition yourself, head over to the campaign’s official website. Now that you’re caught up, we’re curious what your thoughts are. Do you agree that social platforms should offer end-to-end encryption for messages? Let us know in Chatty!

And for more on social platforms like Twitter, be sure to read through some of our previous coverage as well such as Twitter (TWTR) shareholders voting to approve Elon Musk’s $44 billion buyout, and Facebook (META) and Qualcomm (QCOM) signing a multi-year deal to make custom VR chips.

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From The Chatty
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    September 19, 2022 3:20 PM

    Morgan Shaver posted a new article, Fight for the Future asks for end-to-end encrypted messages on social platforms

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      September 19, 2022 5:25 PM

      You're not sending anything interesting enough to spy on. Nobody cares about Aunt Linda's 52nd birthday surprise party.

      This would primarily be used by bad actors.

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        September 19, 2022 5:36 PM

        Seeing as a religious extremist party in the US has identified women seeking reproductive healthcare and LGBTQIA+ folks in general as "bad actors", I don't think your argument holds much weight. And that's not even considering the countless journalists, activists, and human rights campaigners worldwide who are using these platforms. If anything, it's more important now than ever for people to have secure, encrypted communications in the face of growing authoritarian threats both domestically and globally.

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          September 19, 2022 9:14 PM

          Fucking signed.

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          September 19, 2022 9:34 PM

          I posted a story a month or so ago where police absolutely did use Facebook DMs to target a woman seeking abortion services that was illegal in their state.

          Its 100% a legit concern. Sure, I expect that only a small minority of messages need end-to-end, but you never know when the situation will turn around.

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