Facebook Reportedly Pulls Support Of Cybersecurity Bill CISPA

By Justin Lafferty 

Facebook is no longer a fan of a controversial bill that would drastically change cybersecurity. According to CNET, the social network pulled its support of H.R. 624, better known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Opponents of the bill, which would give online entities the option to share data with the U.S. government, claim that it would destroy online privacy.

Last year, Facebook was a “strong supporter” of CISPA, showing up on the list of companies in favor of it. As of Thursday, Facebook is not on this list.

While Facebook did not confirm nor deny this news, a Facebook spokesperson told CNET that the company supports the government’s efforts in cybersecurity. The spokesperson said Facebook strives for legislative balance that ensures users’ privacy:

We are encouraged by the continued attention of Congress to this important issue, and we look forward to working with both the House and the Senate to find a legislative balance that promotes government sharing of cyberthreat information with the private sector while also ensuring the privacy of our users.

Facebook is not the first tech company to withdraw support. CNET notes that Microsoft backed away from CISPA in April, citing privacy concerns.

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