Abuse survivor speaks out on concerns about Facebook’s security

Abuse survivor and campaigner Rhiannon-Faye McDonald has written an open letter to Facebook about her concerns with their proposed new safety measures due to come into effect from 2023.

Facebook is proposing end-to-end encryption on messages on the platform which means messages can only be accessed and read by the sender and recipient. This change is said to protect personal data, however is it protecting the vulnerable; specifically children who often meet their future abusers online?

Rhiannon-Faye was abused as a 13 year old following interaction with her abuser online. It started when Rhiannon-Faye began speaking to who she thought was a teenage girl online about modelling resulting in her sending a topless photo in order to get work. Within 24 hours her abuser, who was posing as the girl’s boss, arrived at her family home and that is when the abuse occurred.

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Facebook evidence to be preserved for civil proceedings

The issue of abuse and how it relates to our everyday lives was again highlighted in a new ruling in the High Court in Northern Ireland.  An unidentified woman has succeeded in obtaining an order against Facebook which requires them to freeze access to accounts held by two individuals. This comes in parallel proceedings to a claim by the lady against the individuals for damages for breach of privacy.  This order bans the users from accessing or altering their accounts in any way.

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