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US government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger

SAN FRANCISCO:The US government is trying to force Facebook  to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance. The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is…

After WhatsApp, Facebook messenger hit by temporary outage

NEW YORK/KUALA LUMPUR: Facebook messenger, an instant messaging service application, reportedly suffered a temporary outage in various parts of the world on Saturday. Users in countries ranging from the United States to Malaysia reported on Twitter that the Facebook messenger was down in their countries. The extent of the outage and the reasons for it were not immediately known. Following the temporary outage, the users in many parts of world were unable to send or receive messages. Anybody having issues with…