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WhatsApp launches first digital payments option

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The service starts in Brazil but will come to the rest of the world

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IFCN launches WhatsApp chatbot for fact checking

May 04, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The International Fact-Checking Network launches an easy-to-use tool for WhatsApp users who want to check COVID-19 rumors

30 organizations urge Gulf governments to unblock VoIP platforms

Apr 08, 2020 - 4:59 PM

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 adds new limit to forwarding viral messages

Apr 07, 2020 - 5:12 PM

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 aims its Messenger at coronavirus battle

Mar 23, 2020 - 3:29 PM

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

FACEBOOK AND WHATSAPP. The WhatsApp messaging app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on May 14, 2019 in San Anselmo, California. Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

WhatsApp debuts dark mode on Android, iOS with new video

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:28 PM

In a promotional video, WhatsApp shows off just how jarring a lack of dark mode can be

DARK MODE. WhatsApp showcases Dark Mode. Image from WhatsApp.

WhatsApp defends encryption as it tops 2 billion users

Feb 13, 2020 - 12:44 PM

'Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life. We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe,' WhatsApp says

WHATSAPP. The WhatsApp messaging app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on May 14, 2019 in San Anselmo, California. File photo illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook firm on message encryption despite pressure

Dec 11, 2019 - 3:15 PM

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

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

EU to relaunch push to regulate WhatsApp, Skype on privacy

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

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

WhatsApp as a tool for fear and intimidation in Lebanon’s protests

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Among a polarized public that distrusts politicians and the fourth estate, unverifiable WhatsApp rumors carry the day

LEBANON. Photo by Scott Peterson/Getty Images for Coda Story.

Facebook messaging apps getting unified payment system

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:04 PM

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

WhatsApp becomes battleground in Mali's jihad conflict

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:22 AM

Sermons relayed through the app by jihadist leader Amadou Koufa are luring young men to join his ranks, says imam Hama Cisse

WHATSAPP. Photo by Stan Honda/AFP

India seeks answers from WhatsApp after cyberespionage

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:08 AM

While the government asks WhatsApp to explain the nature of the breach, opposition leaders accuse authorities of invading citizens' privacy

Facts about NSO Group, the Israeli firm accused of cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:40 AM

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


WhatsApp sues Israeli firm NSO over cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:23 AM

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

Israel spyware firm can mine data from social media – Financial Times

Jul 19, 2019 - 9:12 PM

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'

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp down in some parts of the world

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:04 AM

On Twitter, the hashtags #whatsappdown, #instagramdown, and #facebookdown are trending worldwide

WhatsApp 'will never be secure' – Russian rival

May 16, 2019 - 8:16 PM

'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

SLAMMING WHATSAPP. Pavel Durov, CEO and co-founder of Telegram speaks onstage during day one of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 on September 21, 2015 File photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch/AFP

WhatsApp patches security flaw after spyware injection revealed

May 14, 2019 - 7:03 PM

(UPDATED) Facebook-owned WhatsApp says it released an update to fix the vulnerability

Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp suffer global outage

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The outage affects approximately 60% of users. The remaining 40% who can access Facebook's services may encounter errors or issues.

WhatsApp targets fake messages ahead of India mega-election

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:57 PM

WhatsApp launches a hotline that will allow Indians to flag rumors circulating ahead of the country's upcoming election

Refugee's book written on WhatsApp wins Australia's richest literary prize

Feb 01, 2019 - 10:58 AM

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


Facebook getting its messaging apps to be friends

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:48 PM

'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 limits message forwarding to fight 'fake news'

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:56 PM

WhatsApp says its latest move to extend the restrictions to all users came after a 6-month review of user feedback

Child porn thriving in WhatsApp due to insufficient moderation

Dec 22, 2018 - 4:21 PM

With 1.5 billion users and just 300 employees, WhatsApp has seen child porn slip through its content moderation systems

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WhatsApp dirty tricks campaign alleged in Brazil presidential race

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:55 PM

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

Hackers exploit voicemail to hijack WhatsApp accounts in Israel

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Attackers exploit a vulnerability in an old technology to take control of Whatsapp accounts

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Researchers find flaw in WhatsApp

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:09 PM

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'

24 newsrooms in Brazil to fact-check WhatsApp ahead of elections

Aug 07, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The fact-checking collaboration called Comprova will have access to the newly launched WhatsApp Business API which provides them better communication with their readers

Amnesty International alleges 'hostile' government behind spyware attack

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:14 PM

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

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. The logo of NGO Amnesty International is projected onto the Palais Bourbon, the seat of the French national assembly, late on June 18, 2018. File photo by Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

WhatsApp limits forwarding in India after lynchings

Jul 20, 2018 - 6:11 PM

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.

WHATSAPP. This photo illustration shows an Indian newspaper vendor reading a newspaper with a full back page advertisement from WhatsApp intended to counter fake information, in New Delhi on July 10, 2018. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

WhatsApp running anti-fake news ads in Pakistan ahead of elections

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:06 PM

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'

INFO DRIVE. WhatsApp is using offline means to combat real-world violence being triggered by the spread of false information online. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Arrests after India mob lynches man over WhatsApp child abduction rumor

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:00 PM

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

WhatsApp labeling forwarded messages in effort to fight falsehood

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:59 PM

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

WHATSAPP'S NEW LABEL. A mockup from WhatsApp of the new label indicating forwarded content on the messaging service. Image from WhatsApp.

Daily $0.05 'social media tax' causes outcry in Uganda

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:36 PM

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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Facebook news use declining, WhatsApp growing – study

Jun 14, 2018 - 8:35 PM

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

Landmark EU law is new weapon for data protection activist Schrems

May 26, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Max Schrems files 4 complaints with regulators under the General Data Protection Regulation laws against some of the tech world's biggest names

MAX SCHREMS. Austrian Max Schrems (L) arrives with his lawyer Herwig Hofmann (R) before a verdict at the European Court of Justice (SCJ) in Luxembourg, on October 6, 2015. File photo by John Thys/AFP

WhatsApp co-founder leaving Facebook

May 01, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Koum says he is taking time off to collect Porsches, work on cars and play ultimate Frisbee

KOUM. Jan Koum, the CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp speaks at the Digital Life Design conference on January 18, 2016, in Munich, south Germany. Photo by Tobias Hase/AFP

Facebook's hubris in the midst of victimhood

Apr 11, 2018 - 10:19 AM

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

Rappler Talk: Is it time to #DeleteFacebook?

Mar 23, 2018 - 9:24 AM

The Cambridge Analytica controversy and the #DeleteFacebook movement that resulted from it highlight the perils of harvested personal data

WhatsApp co-founder starts #DeleteFacebook campaign after data privacy scandal

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Brian Acton tweets, 'It is time,' and uses the hashtag #DeleteFacebook

BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging apps

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:56 AM

'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

WhatsApp ending BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone support

Dec 27, 2017 - 10:51 AM

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

France orders WhatsApp to seek permission for data transfer

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:44 AM

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

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Be wary of fake Whatsapp apps on the Google Play Store

Nov 07, 2017 - 5:55 PM

Fake WhatsApp messenger apps are popping up, and users should be careful which version they're picking up

Menkominfo ancam blokir Whatsapp

Nov 06, 2017 - 5:21 PM

"Kalau tidak (tindak lanjut dari Whatsapp) ada, terpaksa kita akan men-Telegram-kan Whatsapp."

Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informasika mengancam akan menutup aplikasi Whatsapp. Foto oleh Bernardinus Adi/Rappler

Ada konten pornografi, ini jawaban Whatsapp

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:26 PM

“Untuk secara langsung bekerja sama dengan layanan pihak ketiga tersebut dalam memonitor konten mereka."

Aplikasi Whatsapp di layar sebuah iPhone. Foto oleh Andrew Gombert/EPA

Tip aman menggunakan Whatsapp untuk anak

Nov 06, 2017 - 1:08 PM

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LOGO WHATSAPP. Logo aplikasi layanan pesan pendek WhatsApp yang diambil dari sebuah ponsel pintar di Taiwan pada 7 April 2016. Foto oleh Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA