Tag Archives: WhatsApp

WhatsApp now marks forwarded messages to curb the spread of deadly misinformation

WhatsApp just introduced a new feature designed to help its users identify the origin of information that they receive in the messaging app. For the first time, a forwarded WhatsApp message will include an indicator that marks it as forwarded. It’s a small shift for the messaging platform, but potentially one that could make a big difference in the way ...

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Facebook buys ads in Indian newspapers to warn about WhatsApp fakes

As Twitter finally gets serious about purging fake accounts, and YouTube says it will try to firefight conspiracy theories and fake news flaming across its platform with $ 25M to fund bona fide journalism, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is grappling with its own fake demons in India, where social media platforms have been used to seed and spread false rumors — fueling ...

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Angry mob lynches five in India as rumors of child kidnapping go viral on WhatsApp

A mob in India’s Maharashtra state lynched five men they suspected of being child kidnappers. One of the victims reportedly addressed a local child, which immediately triggered the violence. The attack comes amid rumors on WhatsApp about gangs of child kidnappers spearing across the country.  The victims were reportedly begging in a village near the city of Dhule. When one of ...

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WhatsApp down: App crashes, outage reported in many parts of the world

Published time: 14 Jun, 2018 09:59 The Whatsapp messenger app is experiencing outages in many parts of the world, with frustrated users reporting difficulties in Europe, South Africa and south-east Asia, including Hong Kong. People have been having trouble connecting to the app, as well as sending and receiving messages since 10:00 GMT, according to Down Detector, a website that ...

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WhatsApp revamps Groups to fight Telegram

Facebook just installed its VP of Internet.org as the new head of WhatsApp after its CEO Jan Koum left the company. And now Facebook is expanding its mission to get people into “meaningful” groups to WhatsApp. Today, WhatsApp launched a slew of new features for Groups on iOS and Android that let admins set a description for their community and ...

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WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum quits Facebook due to privacy intrusions

“It is time for me to move on . . . I’m taking some time off to do things I enjoy outside of technology, such as collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars and playing ultimate frisbee,” WhatsApp co-founder, CEO and Facebook board member Jan Koum wrote today. The announcement followed shortly after The Washington Post reported that Koum would leave due ...

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WhatsApp raises minimum age to 16 in Europe ahead of GDPR

Tech giants are busy updating their T&Cs ahead of the EU’s incoming data protection framework, GDPR. Which is why, for instance, Facebook-owned Instagram is suddenly offering a data download tool. You can thank European lawmakers for being able to take your data off that platform. Facebook -owned WhatsApp is also making a pretty big change as a result of GDPR — ...

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Ghana to order mosques, churches to hush up, issue call to prayer via WhatsApp instead

Authorities in the Ghanaian capital Accra have asked mosques and churches to use WhatsApp to transmit the daily calls to prayer rather than using loudspeakers in a bid to curb noise pollution in urban areas. The local government in Accra is clamping down on noise pollution, particularly at places of worship like churches and mosques, which can generate lots of ...

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WhatsApp co-founder calls on users to #DeleteFacebook

As Facebook roils from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the private data of 50 million users was leaked, the #DeleteFacebook movement is gathering momentum. Even WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has given his support. The campaign calls on social-media users to unsubscribe from not only Facebook, but also Instagram and WhatsApp, which are owned by the same company. Facebook shares ...

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The Pixel 2’s Visual Core photo processor now works with Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat

Visual Core was a strange little surprise from Google when it revealed it back in October. The system company waited three weeks until after the Pixel 2’s announcement to talk up the system-on-a-chip that had been lying in wait inside the handset the whole time. For most of its life, the photography-focused processor has been devoted to improving photos taken ...

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