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WhatsApp tipline of no use for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: WhatsApp’s “Checkpoint Tipline” service that was launched with much fanfare on April 2 to help users in India report fake news is not a helpline number but a data-gathering research project to help the Facebook-owned platform understand how misinformation spreads. According to Proto, a media skill start-up WhatsApp has partnered with for its […]

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Nokia's banana feature phone gets WhatsApp

New Delhi: After arriving on Reliance JioPhones in September 2018, messaging app WhatsApp is now available on Nokia’s ‘8110’ with India becoming the first market to receive the update in Nokia’s feature device, HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, announced on Tuesday. The slider banana 4G feature phone is designed with intuitive tactile mechanics […]

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WhatsApp unveils tipline to report fake news in India

New Delhi: WhatsApp on Tuesday launched a service in India where over 200 million users in the country can tip off fake news, misinformation and rumours related to elections. Launched by PROTO, a media skilling start-up, the tipline will help create a database of rumours to study misinformation during elections for Checkpoint — a research […]

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2nd leg of WhatsApp campaign to fight fake news

New Delhi: Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Monday launched the second-leg of its “Share Joy, Not Rumours” education campaign to encourage the responsible use of its platform ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. In addition to the earlier TV, print and radio ads, the new campaign would educate people on the controls available in WhatsApp so they […]

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WhatsApp to tell how may times a post was forwarded

New Delhi: WhatsApp is reportedly working on two features that will help its over 1.5 billion users know how many times a message has been forwarded. The “Forwarding Info” and “Frequently Forwarded” features are not available yet but WhatsApp is working on these features in its Beta update for Android, said the popular website wabetainfo.com […]

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WhatsApp, NASSCOM to impart digital literacy

New Delhi: In a bid to curb fake news during the general elections, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation on Monday came together to impart digital literacy training. As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp. The […]

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WhatsApp new beta checks images shared on app

San Francisco: To tackle the spread of fake news via its platform, WhatsApp’s new beta version shows a test feature that would run Google-powered web-checks on images being shared on the app to verify their legitimacy. Called “Search by Image”, the feature would search an image on the web that a user either sent or […]

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Facebook blames server for outage, some users happy

San Francisco: Facebook has blamed a server configuration change that caused the outage of its app along with Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. “Yesterday (Wednesday), as a result of a server configuration change, many people had trouble accessing our apps and services. We’ve now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering. We’re very sorry for the […]

Top Facebook, WhatsApp executives quit over data privacy disputes

San Francisco: As Facebook pushes for a more private and encrypted communication across its apps, two of its top executives — Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels — have quit the company, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced. Embroiled in data privacy scandals amid the unabated spread of fake news on […]

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Facebook apps encountering glitch

San Francisco: Facebook ruled out a cyber attack speculation which started making the rounds when products of its family of apps — WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger — began encountering service outage for nearly eight hours in what appeared to be one of the longest downtimes. On Wednesday, users across the globe experienced problems sending messages […]

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Facebook denies cyber attack as Whatsapp, Instagram, Messenger suffer outage

New Delhi: Facebook ruled out a cyber attack on its products Whatsapp, Instagram and Messenger, which suffered service outage for hours on Wednesday. Users across the globe experienced problems sending messages on Facebook’s messaging apps Messenger and Whatsapp. The social networking giant’s image-sharing website Instagram also suffered service disruptions. After users reported about the inconvenience faced […]

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Absent in 2014, social media a key battleground

New Delhi: In 2014 when the world’s largest democracy organised the 16th Lok Sabha polls, the impact of social media on the voters was minimal and traditional media ruled the turf. The number of Internet users in India was around 25 crore in 2014. Today, it hovers around 55 crore. Smartphone usage crossed the 40-crore […]

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WhatsApp banning users using third-party app versions

San Francisco: Complying to users and platform security concerns, Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp is banning accounts of users who have been using modified versions of the app like WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp. These altered versions of the messaging app are developed by third-parties where the company cannot validate their security practices. These unofficial apps […]

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US Senator Elizabeth Warren calls for break up of Apple

San Francisco: Stressing that tech giants have too much influence over our lives, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said she wanted Apple to surrender control over the iOS App Store or cease selling its own apps within it. The Democratic Senator, who recently launched her 2020 presidential bid, is in favour of passing laws that prevent […]

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WhatsApp announces 'Startup India-Grand Challenge'

New Delhi: In an effort to encourage entrepreneurs and small businesses in India, Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp on Thursday announced the “Startup India-WhatsApp Grand Challenge”. The top five start-ups will receive a total grant of $250,000, the company said in a statement. “Ideas and business models capable of making a large-scale socio-economic impact and solve […]

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Irish watchdog warns Facebook over WhatsApp integration

London: The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has warned Facebook over its planned integration of its chat services — WhatsApp, Messenger and photo-sharing app Instagram, asking the social media giant to provide it with an “urgent briefing” on the proposals. In a statement, the Dublin-headquartered Irish watchdog said it understood the plan was at a […]

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About 8,000 Facebook users die daily, is your digital will ready?

New Delhi: Nearly 8,000 Facebook users die daily. By the end of this century, Facebook will become the worlds biggest virtual graveyard as there will be more profiles of dead people than of living users. Facebook is just one of the several social media platforms. Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Reddit and others have flooded us, […]

WhatsApp rolls out 5-chat message forwarding limit globally

New Delhi: Aiming to curb fake news, Facebook-owned platform WhatsApp on Monday announced it has globally lowered to five the forward limit for chats — a feature first launched in India last July. “Starting today, WhatsApp will be implementing this change, globally i.e. all users on the latest versions of WhatsApp can now forward to […]

New Indian IT rules take social media giants to task

New Delhi: As India gears up for general elections, owners of global social media platforms are in a huddle over how to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news in a country where deep mobile penetration has made Facebook, its messaging service WhatsApp and Twitter available at the fingertips of millions. Despite efforts that […]

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WhatsApp being used to spread child pornography: Report

San Francisco: Traders of child pornography have been using WhatsApp to distribute their disturbing content without much of a hurdle, said a media report. In the absence of adequate human moderators, such material is slipping by the automated systems of the popular instant messaging platform that offers end-to-end encryption for its users, TechCrunch reported on […]

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WhatsApp Rolls Out Amazing Feature For Android Users

With over 200 million monthly active users in India, it seems WhatsApp is gradually turning out to be a crucial element in the lives of socially-active people and every little update it brings, plays a significant role. After rolling out its group calling feature — for both voice and video options, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has rolled […]

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WhatsApp launches TV campaign in India to fight fake news

New Delhi: Facing flak for the misuse of its platform, WhatsApp on Monday launched its first-ever TV campaign in India as part of its efforts to address the challenge of misinformation and pernicious rumours. The popular messaging platform earlier launched two phases of a radio campaign to create awareness among users. The first phase of […]

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Op-Ed: Are We Witnessing The Making Of A Dynasty?

The media loves nothing more than speculation. Anticipating and second guessing the supposed moves of political parties and leaders is what it revels in. In doing so, it is never deterred by the absence of an official word on such a move. [In fact, it dreads the ‘official’ word, because as and when it comes, […]

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WhatsApp to delete all your chats. Here's why

Madrid: The world’s most popular freeware instant messaging app confirmed its prior announcement that, as of Monday, any users who have not backed up their stored data and chats on Google Drive will lose their chat histories. WhatsApp, which is owned by tech giant Facebook, had reached an agreement with Google last August to store […]

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WhatsApp geared up to show ads in 'Status,' confirms VP Chris Daniels

New Delhi: Clearing the air on Facebook’s monetisation efforts towards WhatsApp, the mobile messaging service’s Vice President Chris Daniels on Wednesday said the company is going to put advertisements in its “Status” feature. “We are going to be putting ads in ‘Status’. That is going to be primary monetisation mode for the company as well […]