The U.S. government wants Facebook’s help to wiretap Facebook Messenger (FB)

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The United States government wants to listen in on conversations taking place on Facebook Messenger. 
Facebook says it can’t listen in because the content is encrypted. 
Facebook says it can only comply with the government’s request if it rewrites the code used by all Facebook Messenger users. 

The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.

The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is contesting the U.S. Department of Justice’s demand.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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