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Snapchat joins support for Apple’s dispute with FBI

If you’ve been following the Apple and FBI saga, then you should quite know the story. Apparently, FBI is trying to force the Tech Giants to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists Syed Rizwan Farook, in a terrorist attack last year on December 2 that left 14 people killed and 22 seriously injured at the Inland Regional Center, San Bernardino, California.

The FBI reported saying that they cannot unlock the iPhone without the engineering assistance from Apple Inc., so they got a court order telling Apple to write new iOS code to create a “backdoor” into the phone. That means a single federal judge has conscripted Apple’s engineers into hacking its own software.

However, more of the biggest names in Technology, including; Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, EBay have joined forces to back Apple in its court dispute against the FBI.

One other Social Media giants, “Snapchat” has also joined their support for Apple’s dispute with the intelligence team.

Snapchats reported saying, over 100 million people use their platform every day because they feel free to have fun and express themselves. We take the security and privacy of all that self-expression seriously. That’s why we’ve filed a legal brief today supporting Apple in its dispute with the FBI.

“Here at Snapchat, people trust us to send their content in a way that helps them feel free to be themselves. If a court were to suddenly demand that we re-engineer our products to preserve every Snap that’s ever sent, our service wouldn’t be the same. That’s why we’re standing with Apple.” Evan Spiegel, Co-founder and CEO of Snapchat said in a blog

In the first six months of 2015 alone, Snapchat processed more than 750 summonses, court orders, search warrants, and other legal requests. You can find all the details in their transparency report if you intend to know more.

Snapchat argues that if one judge can force Apple to create a backdoor into its phone, another judge could make them breach their own data protections too.[related-posts]

“It’s time for lawmakers, businesses, and consumers to have an honest conversation about whether the government should be able to tell businesses how they should design their products.” Evan Spiegel, Co-founder and CEO of Snapchat.

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