Farewell to Allo? Why Snowden and Others Don’t Trust Google’s New AI-Backed Messaging App

Google’s newest messaging app Allo is not coming until later this summer, but the verdict seems to be already in from privacy advocates on social media, notably from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden: don’t download it and stay far from it. The outcry is probably not the reaction Google’s head of engineering Erik Kay was expecting when he announced Allo during his keynote speech on Wednesday at the I/O developers conference. Allo was supposed to a groundbreaking messaging app that would use artificial intelligence to make texting easier by suggesting replies and recognizing photos. Try Newsweek: Subscription offers Allo is Google’s answer to Facebook Messenger and Facebook-owned Whatsapp vying for texting supremacy. But Google did not include a key ingredient to a messaging app in 2016: default end-to-end encryption. In light…


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