FACEBOOK Facebook is putting secrecy before accountability, NSPCC boss says


The boss of a children’s charity has accused tech giant Facebook of placing privacy and secrecy ahead of accountability.

Chief executive of the NSPCC, Peter Wanless, who has campaigned for social media regulation for the last two years said that end-to-end encryption on Facebook messenger is a risk to keeping children safe online.

It comes as the social media company pledged to begin a “new chapter” in its history, as it revealed it will become more focused on privacy at its developer conference in April.

The messenger service is taking the lead in Facebook’s new privacy-focused approach, and has been given end-to-end encryption for the first time ever, meaning messages sent on the platform can’t be accessed by anyone other than the sender and the receiver.