US government seeks Facebook help to break encryption on Messenger

The US Department of Justice has requested a ruling of contempt of court in response to Facebook’s refusal to carry out a surveillance request on its Messenger. According to sources, this is part of an ongoing investigation of the MS-13 gang. According to Techspot, this is important, since ‘complying with the request could set a dangerous precedent for other privacy-minded companies’. This case raises issues similar to those of the 2016 case between the US FBI and Apple.