Facebook and Twitter have said they support Apple CEO Tim Cook’s stance against allowing the FBI so–called ‘backdoor’ access to iPhones, after federal agents demanded Apple hack into an iPhone belonging to the man behind last year’s San Bernardino terror attacks.
In a short tweet, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said: “We stand with Tim Cook and Apple (and thank him for his leadership)”.
Dorsey then linked to Cook’s original open letter, detailing why Apple believes that building backdoor access to a user’s iPhone could set a dangerous precedent and pave the way for a world in which smartphones are regularly hacked by the authorities.
Cook says Apple has not built such software into its phones and is refusing to accede to the FBI's demands.
Facebook has also revealed its support for Apple, issuing this statement to USA Today: “We condemn terrorism and have total solidarity with victims of terror.
"Those who seek to praise, promote, or plan terrorist acts have no place on our services. We also appreciate the difficult and essential work of law enforcement to keep people safe.
“When we receive lawful requests from these authorities we comply.
"However, we will continue to fight aggressively against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems. These demands would create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies' efforts to secure their products."
Facebook and Twitter’s interventions come after Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he also backed Cook’s stance. Microsoft has yet to comment.