British Prime Minister Theresa May has once again called for a crackdown on messaging apps which facilitate encrypted conversations. She expressed her concerns regarding encrypted messaging services while speaking at World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.
May is one of many global leaders who believe that a lot of criminals and terrorists use mobile apps which allow encrypted messaging because those apps do not allow governments to access any of the conversations had between their users.
After the Westminster attack of March 2017, Theresa May had signalled her concerns about encrypted messaging services. “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed – yet that is precisely what the internet and the big companies that provide Internet-based services provide,” said May while speaking to press in June last year.
At Davos this year, Telegram was her central target. “These companies simply cannot stand by while their platforms are used to facilitate child abuse, modern slavery or the spreading of terrorist and extremist content. – Just as these big companies need to step up, so we also need cross-industry responses because smaller platforms can quickly become home to criminals and terrorists. We have seen that happen with Telegram. And we need to see more cooperation from smaller platforms like this,” said May while speaking to an audience at Davos.