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Facebook's Zuckerberg defends decision on encryption

Facebook's Zuckerberg defends decision on encryption
FILE PHOTO: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes his keynote speech during Facebook Inc's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo -
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SANFRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc <FB.O> Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg defended his decision to encrypt the company’s messaging services on Thursday, despite concerns about its impact on child exploitation and other criminal activity.

Zuckerberg, speaking in a livestreamed version of the company’s weekly internal Q&A session, said child exploitation risks weighed “most heavily” on him when he was making the decision and pledged steps to minimise harm.

The United States and allies signed an open letter earlier on Thursday calling for Facebook to suspend its encryption plan, saying it would hinder the fight against child abuse and terrorism.

(Reporting by Katie Paul; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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