The Guardian's Readers' Editor is finally back from vacation
July 8, 2017 7:31 PM Subscribe
Over six months ago The Guardian published a story purporting to expose a "backdoor" in WhatsApp. The EFF wrote that "it's inaccurate to the point of irresponsibility to call this behavior a backdoor", and over seventy cryptographers signed a scathing open letter explaining the huge flaws in the Guardian's story, but they were met with almost total silence. Meanwhile, even Teen Vogue managed to get the story right. MeFi's own Maciej Cegłowski (fomenter of online drama, who runs the bookmarking site Pinboard on the side) wouldn't let it go, and now finally the Guardian has issued a non-retraction retraction where they decided to "amend" the article instead. Maciej is still not impressed, but unfortunately the damage has already been done. Much like the debunked vaccine/autism link, this story could have literal life-and-death consequences by casting doubt on the Signal protocol and pushing dissidents and leakers to use much more insecure communications like web forms and email.