The CBC has stepped up its efforts to fight the rise of the mobile messaging service WhatsApp in Canada.
On Tuesday, the CBC revealed the top six executives it would be bringing on board to investigate the growing threat.
“As the nation’s leading broadcaster, we have a responsibility to ensure the safety of Canadians, and this is something that we will continue to be engaged in as the investigation progresses,” said John Horgan, chief information officer.
“We have a duty to investigate these issues in an independent and credible way and to make sure we get to the bottom of this.”
The six include senior executives from CBC’s parent company Bell Media.
The CBC’s chief operating officer, Alain Brisson, also sits on the board of Bell Media’s parent, Bell Media Networks Inc. Bell Media CEO Guy Laurence, a former minister in the Harper government, said he is also looking at how the service is used by the public, but stressed the company’s view that it’s a service that needs to be regulated.
“I have heard from many of my employees that they are concerned about the safety and security of the information that they share,” Laurence said in an interview Tuesday.
“They are concerned that if they are sharing it with friends, they will be able to track where they are, and they may not be able for some time.”
The investigation into the threat has also drawn the attention of the US Federal Communications Commission, which has begun investigating the SMP, which is a technology that lets people exchange text messages in real time over social media.
“If there are any concerns that Canadians are being exposed to in any way, I think it’s very important that we make sure that the CBC and the public are protected,” said Jessica Rosenworcel, a spokesperson for the FCC.
The commission is currently reviewing whether SMPs are safe for the public.