Facebook and Twitter throw support behind Apple's opposition to court order

Both Facebook and Twitter have now thrown their support behind Apple in its decision to fight a government order to help the FBI break into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced his support via a tweet linking to Tim Cook's recent letter opposing the court order.

Meanwhile, Facebook gave its support in a statement to USA Today, noting that it will fight government requirements that may weaken a company's efforts to secure its products:

"We condemn terrorism and have total solidarity with victims of terror. Those who seek to praise, promote, or plan terrorist acts have no place on our services. We also appreciate the difficult and essential work of law enforcement to keep people safe," the statement reads. "When we receive lawful requests from these authorities we comply. However, we will continue to fight aggressively against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems. These demands would create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies' efforts to secure their products."

Facebook and Twitter join a growing list of supporters that Apple has garnered from the tech community since CEO Tim Cook issued a strongly worded response to the court order. Just recently, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke out in support of Apple in a series of tweets, while WhatsApp founder Jan Koum also expressed solidarity with the Cupertino tech giant.

Sources: USA Today, Jack Dorsey (Twitter)

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