‘Oops,’ Said Faceberg (Part Infinity)

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WhatsApp Can’t Ban the Taliban Because It Can’t Read Their Texts

The Taliban have effectively taken control of Afghanistan, entering the capital Kabul as U.S. diplomats and allies flee the country. As it quickly took control, the Taliban used Facebook-owned chat app WhatsApp to spread its message and gain favor among local citizens, according to news reports as well as Afghan citizens and observers on the ground.

So what does Facebook plan to do about it as they are apparently helping the Taliban?

The company spokesperson said that WhatsApp complies with U.S. sanctions law, so if it encounters any sanctioned people or organizations using the app, it will take action, including banning the accounts. This obviously depends on identifying who uses WhatsApp, without having access to any of the messages sent through the platform, given that the app uses end-to-end encryption. This would explain why WhatsApp hasn’t taken action against some accounts spreading the Taliban’s message in Afghanistan.

So I guess nothing?

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7 Responses to ‘Oops,’ Said Faceberg (Part Infinity)

  1. Priorities. First, targeted ads, then comes the vax disinformation.

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  2. Honestly, this is good. Yeah terrorists and drug dealers and child pornographers can communicate securely; but so can wee the stinky pipples.

    Back doors are always, ALWAYS used for evil, eventually, either because the official bad guys (the government) decides to use it, or the unofficial bad guys (the black hats) learn how to exploit it.

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  3. Spocko says:

    This is why I use two cans attached with sting when I talk to my friends about our plots!

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  4. CalicoJack says:

    That’s some catch, Catch-22.


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