Tech Companies Rally Behind Apple in Encryption Case

The tech world is locking arms with Apple in a set of new legal filings on Thursday as the company makes its stand against the government in a California court, NBC News reports.

The government wants Apple to build a piece of software that would circumvent security features on an iPhone 5C used by one of the San Bernardino massacre shooters, allowing agents to try passcodes and access the phone.

But Twitter, Reddit, eBay, LinkedIn and Airbnb were among a group of 17 companies that filed a joint brief urging the court to vacate the order compelling Apple's cooperation.

Microsoft, Google, Dropbox, and Mozilla are among the other big tech names expected to join in before the end of the day, backing Apple in its fight to not comply with the court order issued on Feb. 16.

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