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Meta takes down surveillance-for-hire firms, calls for government action against the industry

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He called on democracies worldwide to step up actions to outlaw these types of firms and activities, saying, “No single company can tackle a society-wide challenge like this alone.”

Meta has made battling spyware on the platform a priority over the past several years. It has an ongoing lawsuit against NSO Group, the notorious Israeli spyware purveyor, alleging that the company violated federal anti-hacking law after deploying its spying software against 1,400 users of WhatsApp, which Meta owns. NSO Group disputes the allegations and has tried and failed to get the lawsuit tossed.

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