Mark Zuckerberg publicly supports Apple’s encryption fight against FBI

Mark Zuckerberg throws his personal support behind Apple

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone on record to support Apple and its fight with the US government.

Standing on a stage in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, Facebook’s co-founder said he doesn’t think requiring backdoors into a company’s products is “the right thing to do” or an effective way to get data from the iPhone of deceased San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farook.

“We’ve already shared our statement,” said Zuckerberg. “We’re pretty sympathetic with Tim and Apple on this one.”

Facebook as a company said last Thursday that it was backing Apple’s decision to refuse an FBI court order to alter part of its iOS software so that authorities won’t get locked out of the iPhone that Farook used.

In a statement at the time of the request Facebook said the FBI’s demands “create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies’ efforts to secure their products.”

Zuckerberg remained silent on the subject until his speech at MWC on Monday.

He’s not the first tech mogul to support Apple and its CEO Tim Cook.

“We build secure products to keep your information safe and we give law enforcement access to data based on valid legal orders,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted in a series of tweets on Wednesday. “But that’s wholly different than requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices & data. Could be a troubling precedent.”

The next day CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted a simple message: “We stand with @tim_cook and Apple (and thank him for his leadership)!”

Apple continues to refuse the FBIs court order.