FB encryption gives ‘free pass’ to suspects: MI5
LONDON: Extremism on social media is as much a national security risk now as terrorism from Afghanistan or Syria, the head of UK domestic intelligence has warned as he slammed Facebook in particular.“Self-initiated terrorists” remain a bigger threat than plots on the scale of 9/11..., MI5 chief Ken McCallum said in an interview, adding, suspects as young as 13 have been radicalised online. “Decisions taken in California boardrooms are every bit as relevant to our ability to do our jobs as decisions taken in Afghanistan or Syria,” he said. “We absolutely do not want to live in a society where the state has a camera in everyone’s living room. But our job is to deal with a one-in-a-million case, where the living room is a terrorist living room.” And hence, he added, FB’s plan to roll out end-to-end encryption gives offenders “a free pass”.