Facebook schools politicians on social network security

Facebook today gave federal politicians a lesson on how to stay secure on the social network.

It is part of a continuing effort to “ensure the integrity of Australia’s democracy” by encouraging politicians to enhance personal cyber security measures, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan said in a statement this morning.

The social media network and Whatsapp, the secure messaging service it owns, are among those called upon by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to provide access for security agencies to encrypted communications services. The network was also picked out by the prime minister as one that provided “too much tolerance of extremist material”.

The government plans to introduce legislation to compel cooperation from “the Internet companies like a Facebook” Turnbull said last month.

Facebook has warned against weakening encryption.

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