Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) should be more open to cooperate with authorities, Robert Hannigan, director of the U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), said in an editorial, a report from Reuters reveals.
While Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), both American technology giants, took center stage in the editorial of the spy agency chief for The Financial Times, he did not mention any technology companies headquartered in Britain.
“The extremists of Isis use messaging and social media services such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, and a language their peers understand,” Hannigan wrote, adding that if these companies “are to meet this challenge, it means coming up with better arrangements for facilitating lawful investigation by security and law enforcement agencies than we have now.”
Furthermore, Hannigan, who heads the GCHQ which counts MI5 (The Security Service) and MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service) as its sister agencies, said that it may appear that some technology companies which count Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) among its ranks “are in denial about its misuse.”
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) have not responded to Hannigan’s editorial and his remarks that their platforms are being used by terrorists to organize, plan and carry out attacks and propaganda drive. The two companies have also not reacted to the idea that they are not cooperating as much as possible with the authorities to stop illegal activities on their platforms.
Meanwhile, the GCHQ chief also said that revelations made by Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified documents and is now living in Moscow, have made it harder to catch terrorists and they have learned methods to avoid surveillance from the leaks.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) shareholders includes Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management which reported about 5.87 million shares in the company by June 30. Shareholders in Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) includes John Thaler’s Jat Capital Management which reported about 7.33 million shares in the company in the same period.