Facebook encryption plans will hit fight against child abuse, warns Patel

NSPCC fears end-to-end encryption of messages will make tools that identify grooming and images of abuse useless

Home secretary Priti Patel will call for tech companies including Facebook to “live up to their moral duty” and do more to safeguard children in a roundtable discussion about end-to-end message encryption.

Major tech firms currently use a range of technologies to identify child abuse images and detect grooming and sexual abuse in private messages. But concerns have been raised that proposals to end-to-end encrypt Facebook Messenger and Instagram, also owned by Facebook, would render these tools useless.

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