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Apps & Games, Facebook, News

WhatsApp uses its story-like feature to reassure users about privacy

WhatsApp is using its story-like feature, called Status Messages, to reassure users about its privacy measures in an attempt to debunk misconceptions. The Facebook-owned app has started posting status messages about its commitment to user privacy, as reported by The Verge. "There has been a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding our recent update and we want to help everyone understand the facts behind how WhatsApp protects people's privacy and security," said a WhatsApp spokesperson. The Verge. “In the future, we will provide updates to people on the Status tab so that people hear directly from WhatsApp. Our first update reaffirms that WhatsApp cannot see your personal messages, and neither can Facebook, because they are protected by end-to-end e...
Apple, Business, Facebook, Privacy & Cloud, Security

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about privacy and targets social media companies like Facebook

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the European Union data protection conference: CPDP, where he condemned companies that treat any compromise as a good compromise. During his talk, Cook covered Apple's concerns about privacy and security in technology, while also taking the opportunity to talk about some of the company's recent moves to help protect user privacy. For example, Cook praised the EU and its GDPR regulation for protecting user data and said it was time for the United States and other countries to pass similar laws. Additionally, Cook said that before massive technology platforms made it easy for ad giants to invade people's privacy, ad businesses thrived. He also pointed to Facebook, although he did not mention the name o...
Apps & Games, Facebook, News

Telegram launches new tool to import WhatsApp chat history on iOS

Telegram is launching a new tool that allows users to import their chat history from WhatsApp to facilitate the switch to its platform. With the ongoing controversy surrounding WhatsApp's new privacy policy, Telegram has seen an influx of new users. It seems that Telegram is now looking to attract more users with this new feature. Currently the tool is only available on iOS and does not appear to be active on Android yet. It's worth noting that users can also import chat histories from Line and KakaoTalk. To import chats from Facebook-owned platforms and continue the conversation on Telegram, both WhatsApp users must have a Telegram account. The process of importing conversations works chat by chat. It also seems to work with gr...
Apps & Games, Facebook, News

WhatsApp launches biometric authentication for web and desktop platforms

WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, is rolling out a new biometric authentication feature for PCs and web access to improve security. "Today we started to implement a new security feature for WhatsApp Web and Desktop: fingerprint and facial unlocking when pairing devices," the company said. he said in a tweet. This extra layer of security is intended to prevent other people from linking to your account without your permission or knowledge.Today we started rolling out a new security feature for WhatsApp Web and Desktop: fingerprint and face unlock when pairing devices. WhatsApp does not see your face or fingerprint data. Chats just for you 👀https://t.co/qR3zsexzfj pic.twitter.com/Ei5G35MPpA - WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 28, 2021WhatsA...
Business, Facebook, Privacy & Cloud, Security

Facebook users’ phone numbers are sold through Telegram’s automated bot

Access to a database that allegedly contains phone numbers belonging to Facebook users is sold on a cybercrime forum. Motherboard reports that although the data is old, it still poses a privacy risk. The person running the bot claims that the database contains the phone numbers of more than 500 million Facebook users. The social media giant has said the data relates to a vulnerability that it patched in August 2019. The database can allow people to look up those numbers using an automated Telegram bot, according to Alon Gal, the security researcher who found the vulnerability. Technical skill is required to find information from these types of databases, but creating a Telegram bot that can find data makes it easier for bad act...
Apps & Games, Facebook, News

Facebook’s Oversight Board Will Make Final Decision On Suspension Of Donald Trump

Facebook has announced that it is referring to its decision to indefinitely suspend Donald Trump's access to its independent oversight board. The social media giant established the oversight board last year as a means of making the final decision on some of the important decisions Facebook makes. Board decisions are binding and cannot be overruled by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. It is made up of experts and civic leaders from around the world. “We believe that our decision was necessary and correct. Given its importance, we believe it is important for the board to review it and reach an independent judgment on whether it should be maintained, ”the company said in a blog post. While the social media giant awaits the decision, Tru...
Apps & Games, Facebook, News

Signal recovers from disruption caused by influx of new users

Signal is now fully operational after a one-day outage caused by an influx of WhatsApp users joining the service. Following the release of WhatsApp's new privacy policy, millions of users have switched to rival platforms like Signal. Due to the influx of new users, the application had problems with messages and logins. Thank you to the millions of new Signal users around the world for your patience. His ability to understand inspired us as we expanded our capacity. " Signal tweeted. “As an unfortunate side effect of this interruption, users may see errors in some of their chats. This * doesn't * affect the security of your chat, but you may have missed a message from that contact. " Signal notes that while the outage may have ca...
Apps & Games, Facebook, News

WhatsApp delays new privacy policy amid widespread confusion

WhatsApp has delayed its new privacy policy amid confusion over its data-sharing practices with Facebook, its parent company. Originally, the policy was supposed to go into effect on February 8, and users had to agree to it to continue using the app. This date has now been extended to May 15. “We have heard from a lot of people how much confusion there is surrounding our recent update. There has been a lot of misinformation that has caused concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and facts, ”the company said in a blog post. WhatsApp has reiterated that conversations are protected with end-to-end encryption and that it does not keep logs of who users are texting or calling. It also points out that you can't ...
Apps & Games, Facebook, News, Twitter

Snapchat permanently bans US President Donald Trump

Snapchat has joined Twitter to permanently ban Donald Trump from its platform following the violent siege of the US Capitol. "Last week we announced an indefinite suspension of President Trump's Snapchat account and we have been evaluating what long-term action is best for our Snapchat community," the company said in a statement. "In the interest of public safety, and based on your attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate your account." Following the attack, the digital giants have taken steps to prevent violent rhetoric from spreading on the Internet through their platforms. Twitter has permanently banned Tru...
Apps & Games, Facebook, News

WhatsApp clarifies its privacy policy to assure users that they cannot read messages

WhatsApp assures users that it cannot read their messages, following widespread protest over the recent update to its privacy policy. "We want to address some rumors and be 100 percent clear, we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption," the Facebook-owned platform tweeted. WhatsApp noted that it doesn't keep records of who everyone is texting or calling. He also notes that neither he nor Facebook can see your shared location. In addition, the company clarified that it does not share its contacts with Facebook.We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear - we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP - WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021I...
Apps & Games, Facebook, News

Facebook updates the ‘Access your information’ tool to better detail data usage

Facebook has revamped its 'Access Your Information' tool to better break down and explain its data use practices. Before the change, Facebook had two categories to explain its data practices: 'Your information' and 'Information about you'. The social media giant has now divided these two categories into eight sections. The eight categories include: your Facebook activity, friends and followers, preferences, personal information, registered information, ad information, applications and websites outside of Facebook, and security information. Each of these categories is divided into other subcategories. Facebook notes that it has also added new search functionality. "It is important for us to continue to make it easier for people to...
Business, Facebook, General, Google, microsoft, Twitter

Microsoft, Google and Facebook stop their political contributions after the attack on the Capitol

Microsoft, Google and Facebook have said they will halt some political contributions after the deadly siege of the US Capitol. A Microsoft spokesperson has said the tech giant is pausing its political spending until after considering the implications of the attack. "The PAC (political action committee) regularly pauses its donations in the first quarter of a new Congress, but this year it will take additional steps to consider these recent events and consult with employees," the spokesperson said. The Verge. Additionally, Facebook has said that it is halting its contributions to the PAC for at least the first quarter of the year. It's worth noting that the freeze only affects PAC contributions and not all of the social media ...