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Sen. Josh Hawley calls out Facebook over ‘encrypted’ messaging plans

By Makena Kelly 29 May 2019 at 20:05

Earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote a blog post in which he envisioned a more private version of the platform. Now, that vision is drawing unexpected scrutiny from the US Senate. In a letter earlier this month, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) posed questions to Facebook about whether it will collect metadata from these privatized and encrypted messages to track users or target ads, a potential threat to Facebook’s attempted pivot. Now, Facebook has responded to those questions, although the answers reveal little about the companies plans for the future.

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