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The service starts in Brazil but will come to the rest of the world
The International Fact-Checking Network launches an easy-to-use tool for WhatsApp users who want to check COVID-19 rumors
Access Now, alongside 29 other organizations, petitions the governments of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Oman to permanently lift a ban on VoIP services
WhatsApp will now only allow the forwarding of a viral message to a single chat at a time, down from up to 5 chats at a time
Facebook also invites software savants to take part in an online 'hackathon' aimed at creating ways to use Messenger to ease social-distancing and deliver accurate information about the coronavirus pandemic
In a promotional video, WhatsApp shows off just how jarring a lack of dark mode can be
'Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life. We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe,' WhatsApp says
The comments from Facebook come weeks after officials from the US, Britain and Australia called on Facebook to allow authorities to circumvent encryption to better fight extremism, child pornography and other crimes
Under the existing EU rules that date back to 2002, strict privacy protection is only applied to text messages and voice calls provided by traditional telecoms, sparing tech giants Facebook, Google and Skype from the same oversight
Among a polarized public that distrusts politicians and the fourth estate, unverifiable WhatsApp rumors carry the day
Transactions such as payments or donations at Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp or the main social network will eventually be handled by a unified Facebook Pay system, Facebook says
Sermons relayed through the app by jihadist leader Amadou Koufa are luring young men to join his ranks, says imam Hama Cisse
While the government asks WhatsApp to explain the nature of the breach, opposition leaders accuse authorities of invading citizens' privacy
NSO Group produces Pegasus, a highly invasive tool that can reportedly switch on a target's cell phone camera and microphone and access data on it, effectively turning the phone into a pocket spy
The suit filed in a California federal court contends that NSO Group tried to infect approximately 1,400 "target devices" with malicious software to steal valuable information from those using the messaging app
The Financial Times writes that NSO group had 'told buyers its technology can surreptitiously scrape all of an individual’s data from the servers of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, according to people familiar with its sales pitch'
On Twitter, the hashtags #whatsappdown, #instagramdown, and #facebookdown are trending worldwide
'WhatsApp has a consistent history – from zero encryption at its inception to a succession of security issues strangely suitable for surveillance purposes,' Telegram founder Pavel Durov writes in a blog post
(UPDATED) Facebook-owned WhatsApp says it released an update to fix the vulnerability
The outage affects approximately 60% of users. The remaining 40% who can access Facebook's services may encounter errors or issues.
WhatsApp launches a hotline that will allow Indians to flag rumors circulating ahead of the country's upcoming election
The imprisoned Behrouz Boochani, a Kurd journalist and filmmaker, says he wrote his book 'No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison' bit-by-bit using WhatsApp
'We're working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks,' a Facebook spokeswoman says
WhatsApp says its latest move to extend the restrictions to all users came after a 6-month review of user feedback
With 1.5 billion users and just 300 employees, WhatsApp has seen child porn slip through its content moderation systems
The row shines a light on an issue that has become pressing in democracies: the organized abuse of social media to sway public opinion in countries
Attackers exploit a vulnerability in an old technology to take control of Whatsapp accounts
The vulnerability gives a hacker the possibility of intercepting and manipulating messages sent in a group or private conversation as well as a chance to 'create and spread misinformation'
The fact-checking collaboration called Comprova will have access to the newly launched WhatsApp Business API which provides them better communication with their readers
The group says one of its staff received a suspicious WhatsApp message by smartphone, containing a link that – if downloaded – would have installed Pegasus, a sophisticated surveillance tool developed by Israel-based NSO Group
WhatsApp says it will test limiting the ability to forward messages and cap at 5 the number of contacts or groups that messages can be forwarded to.
Fake news propagators know that strong emotions lead to virality. Knowing this, WhatsApp advises, in an ad, that if you 'read something that makes you angry or afraid, ask whether it was shared to make you feel that way'
The men are arrested over the murder of 27-year-old Mohammad Azam, who was attacked along with two friends by a 2,000-strong mob in southern Karnataka state's Bidar district late Friday
The feature aims to help users determine if their friends or relatives sent them a message they crafted themselves or if they got it from elsewhere, with the hope of fostering habits about thinking before sharing forwarded messages
In East African country Uganda, a new law requires citizens to pay the government $0.05 for one-day access to Facebook, Tinder, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Grindr
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The Reuters Institute report, which covers 37 countries in five continents, says that the use of social media for news fell by 6 percentage points in the United States compared to last year
Max Schrems files 4 complaints with regulators under the General Data Protection Regulation laws against some of the tech world's biggest names
Koum says he is taking time off to collect Porsches, work on cars and play ultimate Frisbee
There is no other company that does anything quite like Facebook, which means its platitudes of policing its platform and of taking responsibility for its missteps are filled with hubris
The Cambridge Analytica controversy and the #DeleteFacebook movement that resulted from it highlight the perils of harvested personal data
Brian Acton tweets, 'It is time,' and uses the hashtag #DeleteFacebook
'We have a lot of respect for Facebook and the value they've placed on messaging capabilities, some of which were invented by BlackBerry,' says BlackBerry spokeswoman Sarah McKinney
While users of BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone 8.0 can still use WhatsApp, some features may stop working, and users will be unable to make new accounts or reverify their accounts on the operating systems mentioned
CNIL says it considers the transfer of some data for security purposes to be legal, but the sharing of non-essential information to improve the function of the app was not as users were not given the possibility to opt out
Fake WhatsApp messenger apps are popping up, and users should be careful which version they're picking up
"Kalau tidak (tindak lanjut dari Whatsapp) ada, terpaksa kita akan men-Telegram-kan Whatsapp."
“Untuk secara langsung bekerja sama dengan layanan pihak ketiga tersebut dalam memonitor konten mereka."