The CEO of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, and the UK government are in a big fight about making messaging very secure. Many governments around the world are watching to see who will agree first. They are arguing about whether technology companies should be able to read people’s private messages. This is a big issue between Silicon Valley and governments worldwide.

In the last decade, many people have started using encrypted apps daily. Governments and security agencies were unsure about this technology at first. Four years ago, Mark Zuckerberg said Messenger and Instagram would always use encryption. This worried governments and law enforcement. They asked for more protection. People want more safeguards, but the details are not known yet.

Encryption is a matter of concern for several countries, such as the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, India, Turkey, Japan, and Brazil. In the UK, there is a proposed law called the Online Safety Bill. It wants messaging apps to scan messages for safety. The government believes this is important for catching criminals and terrorists. They are especially worried about online child grooming and want to protect children.