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WhatsApp Puts New Limit on Message-Forwarding in Effort to Curb Misinformation

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned chat service, has announced that it will cap the number of messages that can be forwarded at once to five, Reuters reported Monday. The move is WhatsApp’s latest effort to limit the spread of misinformation and fake news on its app. Read More >>

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Facebook Is Reportedly Pursuing a Cryptocurrency for WhatsApp

Thanks to Facebook’s incessant flood of wrongdoing making headlines nearly daily, any of us would be forgiven for forgetting about its rumoured pivot to the blockchain. But the social media giant’s cryptocurrency is reportedly still on, even as it becomes increasingly clear that nothing is sacred online and the internet was maybe a mistake. Read More >>

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A Few Things Facebook Forgot to Include in Its Year in Review

It’s been quite a year for Mark Zuckerberg and his friends at Facebook. You might even say that 2018 has been the single worst year in the company’s history. But you wouldn’t know it by reading “Facebook’s 2018 Year in Review.” The annual blog post leaves one with the impression that Facebook’s involvement in global events was nothing short of heart-warming. In truth, it was not. Read More >>

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WhatsApp Bans 100,000 Accounts Before Brazilian Election, Which Is Still a Real Mess

Facebook subsidiary and encrypted chat service WhatsApp has banned more than 100,000 accounts ahead of the upcoming federal elections in Brazil, where leftist Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad will face down far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro, Bloomberg reported on Friday. Read More >>

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Nasty WhatsApp Bug Left Users Vulnerable to Attack by Simply Answering a Video Call

On Tuesday, a researcher for Google’s Project Zero security team published a report revealing how WhatsApp users could lose control of their account just by answering a video call from a bad actor. Read More >>

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Facebook Exec Overshares, Calls WhatsApp Founder ‘Low-Class’

Yesterday was exciting for anyone who cares about tension among Big Tech’s ultra-rich, as two executives have thrown barbs over Facebook’s management ethos. Read More >>

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Whatsapp’s Latest Update Makes Your Messages Less Secure

One of Whatsapp's most bragged-about features is its end-to-end encryption. Basically, every message sent and received through the service is secure along every step of its journey – the encryption means that nobody but the sender and intended recipient can read the message. But Whatsapp's latest update introduces free backups via Google, and these backups don't use the same encryption. That means that old messages on the service might not be quite as secure as they were before. Read More >>

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WhatsApp Tries to Crack Down on Viral Hoaxes After 20 Lynchings in India

Facebook is restricting WhatsApp users’ ability to forward messages: Each message can now only be sent to a maximum of 20 chats, down from 250, per user. In India, the cap is even lower: only 5 chats. The cap on forwarding comes after at least 20 mob killings, linked to viral child abduction hoaxes spread on the platform. India had warned Facebook it could face heavy fines for not intervening in the fake news epidemics spreading via WhatsApp, at one point calling the platform a “mute spectator,” the BBC reports. Read More >>

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Facebook Now Says It Will Remove Misinformation That Inspires Real-World Violence

After a rough week of criticism over Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s shoddy explanation for why he won’t ban conspiracy site Infowars – including a very awkward tangent into apparently believing Holocaust deniers are not “intentionally getting it wrong” – the social media giant has announced it will begin removing misinformation that provokes real-world violence. Read More >>

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Facebook Runs Full-Page Ads in Indian Newspapers to Fight Fake News

Facebook has been under fire in India following a string of lynchings that appeared to have been prompted by false news spread on WhatsApp. It’s become such an epidemic that the Indian government has demanded something be done. For now, Facebook’s solution involves running ads in local newspapers explaining how to spot fake news. Read More >>

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India Calls on WhatsApp to Stop the Spread of Hoax Messages That Have Led to Lynchings

WhatsApp is promising to introduce new features intended to prevent the spread of hoax messages in India following reports that more than one dozen lynchings have occurred in the country as a result of false rumours spread on the popular, Facebook-owned messaging service. Read More >>

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WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum Quits After Internal Battle With Facebook Over User Privacy

Jan Koum, the billionaire CEO of Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp, is leaving the company following disputes over “the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption,” the Washington Post reported on Monday. Read More >>

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WhatsApp’s Raising its Minimum Age to 16 in the EU

Over the years there's been a lot of talk about kids with smartphones, and on social media. Always Tweetapping and Snapbooking whenever they feel like it. Most services have a policy of not letting people sign up if they're under 13, but WhatsApp is taking things a step further ahead of the GDPR introduction next month. That means nobody in the EU will be allowed to sign up for WhatsApp unless they're 16 or over. Read More >>

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Police in Wales Caught a Drug Dealer by IDing His Fingerprint from a WhatsApp Photo

Police in Wales managed to arrest and convict a drug dealer by identifying his fingerprint from a photo posted on WhatsApp, a technique that the local law enforcement is calling “groundbreaking,” according to the BBC. Read More >>

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WhatsApp Co-Founder Says It’s Time to Delete Facebook

Since WhatsApp got bought by Facebook in 2014, its co-founders have taken two very different paths. Jan Koum stayed on to serve as the company’s CEO, while Brian Acton left after a few years to head up the Signal Foundation, an organisation that competes with WhatsApp and Facebook thanks to its own encrypted messaging app. Read More >>