In a move that is likely to begin all sorts of conspiracy theories (and rightly so), the UK government has set up meetings with US tech companies to get governmental access to private citizens social media accounts such as WhatsApp.
Britain’s Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, suggested that if the government had access to people’s social media accounts, they may be able to prevent terrorist attacks because…terrorists use social media.
As reported in the Daily caller:
Amber Rudd, Britain’s home secretary, said Sunday that the intelligence agencies in the country should have access to messages on WhatsApp even if they are encrypted because evildoers use the technology to conceal their communications, particularly the logistics and planning of terrorist operations.
“I am going to appeal to making sure that they realize that these terrorists are using their websites for their gain and I believe we can get them to set up an industry board [to proactively and aggressively deal with the problem],” Rudd said on Sky News. “But I am not going to stop at that … I believe that they are more likely to have the answers, they’re the ones who put together the platforms, they’re the ones who have a lot of expertise in-house. I’d like them to come up with the solutions because this is a national problem and a global problem. They should be part of the solution.”