Facebook urged to end encryption to help cops stop paedophiles using app

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FACEBOOK chief Mark Zuckerberg must end the firm’s encryption plans — to aid cops tracking criminals, campaigners say.

Their demand comes after an online pervert admitted 96 offences against 51 children.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook has been urged to help cops stop perverts[/caption]

Cops fear he could have gone undetected had the toughened messaging been in place.

Labourer David Wilson, 36, of Ipswich, posed as teenage girls to get boys to send him photos and video of themselves.

He used Facebook Messenger — which is set to be tightened so only a sender and recipient can read or modify a message.

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David Wilson used Facebook to groom young boys[/caption]

Andy Burrows, the NSPCC’s head of child safety online policy, said: “The choice is clear for Mark Zuckerberg.

“Pause end-to-end encryption until he can prove it will not hold back police, or risk letting offenders like Wilson abuse kids unseen.”

Cops fear terrorists will also evade capture. Rob Jones, National Crime Agency director of threat leadership, said: “We get tens of thousands of reports every year about paedophiles from Facebook.”

He warned encryption will be “turning out the lights for policing”.

A Facebook spokesman said: “Child exploitation and grooming have no place on our platforms.

“Facebook has led the industry in developing ways to prevent, detect and respond to abuse.

“We will continue to work with law enforcement to combat criminal activity.”     

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