Facebook says FBIs iPhone hacking lawsuit against Apple is ‘chilling’

Facebook defends Apple in FBI case

Facebook is joining in Apple’s fight against the FBI, calling the agency’s request for Apple to hack an iPhone and develop a backdoor into customers phones, “chilling.”

On Thursday, Facebook issued a statement saying such demands from the government “create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies’ efforts to secure their products.”

Facebook, much like Google CEO Sundar Pichai, admitted that it complies with lawful court orders. At the same time the company said, “we will continue to fight aggressively against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems.”

The company also condemned terrorism: “Those who seek to praise, promote, or plan terrorist acts have no place on our services.”

Facebook’s support of Apple arrives just after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted: “We stand with @tim_cook and Apple (and thank him for his leadership)!”

Google’s CEO earlier in the week added: “Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy.”

The FBI believes Apple should be forced to hack an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooters. Officials are hoping to determine the motivations behind the shooters’ actions.