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Home Secretary Amber Rudd demanded that social media companies do more to tackle online terror and radicalisation.
On the Andrew Marr Show, she condemned end-to-end encryption, which protects the privacy of Whatsapp users.
There should be no place for terrorists to hide.We need to make sure those organisations like Whatsapp and there are plenty of others like that don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.
There should be no place for terrorists to hide.
We need to make sure those organisations like Whatsapp and there are plenty of others like that don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.
In an exclusive The Sunday Telegrapharticle she said that Google, Facebook and Twitter leaders are to have a meeting to discuss what is to be done about extremism.
However, people have found a few issues with her Marr interview.
Mainly, that she doesn’t appear fluent with the terminology or the technology.
Amber Rudd to consult with people 'who know the necessary hashtags' - I cannot even. This is like BBC's 2012 #marr — Felicity Morse (@Felicity Morse)
Encryption is the process by which information is scrambled in such a way as to ensure that “only you and the person you’re communicating with can read what is sent”.
The aim being that if the information is intercepted, it cannot be read.
Khalid Masood, the man whose attack in London last week left four people dead, reportedly used Whatsapp a few seconds prior to the attack.
.@AmberRudd_MP on #marr: cringe. Shame on you for taking to this platform to share an ignorant and uninformed POV on *the whole internet* — Leah Lockhart (@Leah Lockhart)
WhatsApp's 'end to end' encryption is "absolutely unacceptable...there should be no place for terrorists to hide" s… https://t.co/JQrfdeNe7C — The Andrew Marr Show (@The Andrew Marr Show)
@MarrShow So my online banking transactions should not be encrypted, too? @BBCNews @AmberRudd_MP — Paolo Attivissimo (@Paolo Attivissimo)
Very simplistic #encryption debate, between Home Sec and #Marr. Really wish high profile figures were better informed in this area. — Matthew Ryder (@Matthew Ryder)
She appears to have taken the information from a Daily Mail front page suggesting Google is "the terrorists' friend".
Except Google is merely a service which organises publicly accessible documents, and presents them in an easy format.
Rudd’s comments imply that services which offer encryption are aiding the process of radicalisation.
However Masood is thought to have converted to Islam in prison, as many have pointed out.
A little reminder for @AmberRudd_MP. Khalid Masood wasn’t radicalised by websites. He was radicalised in underresourced prisons. #Marr — Prof Paul Bernal (@Prof Paul Bernal)
Westminster murderer was *not* on terrorist watch list so his @WhatsApp message could *not* have provided a warning @MarrShow @AmberRudd_MP — Spy Blog 🇬🇧 (@Spy Blog 🇬🇧)
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#WhatsApp https://t.co/u4IhuU8LxU — Martin Shovel (@Martin Shovel)
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