WhatsApp to go ahead with privacy update despite privacy concerns: Facebook Inc

In a significant development, Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp said, it will goo ahead with its controversial privacy policy update which allows users to read it at “their own pace”; following the update WhatsApp will display a banner providing additional information. Earlier this year in January, WhatsApp had laid out fresh terms aimed at increasing business transactions…

WhatsApp should withdraw privacy-invading policy update: India’s Ministry of Technology

In a statement on Tuesday, India’s Ministry of Technology said, it has told Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp to withdraw the recent changes in its privacy policy since it they take away choice from Indian users. “The proposed changes raise grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens,” said Ministry of Technology…

Business users of WhatsApp’s not protected by end-to-end encryption

With users migrating to other messaging platforms following privacy concerns stemming from Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp update, Facebook said, it will delay the update. WhatsApp users are concerned that the Facebook owned messaging app is watering down its privacy policy in the update. Earlier this month, WhatsApp notified users through a notification that it was preparing…

Italy’s data authority scrutinizes WhatsApp’s updated privacy disclaimer

In a statement Italy’s data protection authority said, Facebook Inc has not clearly communicated its new privacy policy for its messenger app WhatsApp to users. On January 4, 2021, in an update WhatsApp said it reserved the right to share some data, including location and phone numbers, with Facebook and its units including Messenger and…

Reddit acquires short video platform Dubsmash in cash & stock deal

In a statement social network firm Reddit said, it would acquire TikTok rival short-video platform Dubsmash. Although Reddit did not disclose the financial terms of the deal its spokeswoman said the acquisition was based on a combination of cash and stock. TikTok’s proliferance has led many social media companies to add short-video services to their…

Twitter and Facebook dismantle global disinformation networks spreading misleading, false information

In a statement, Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc said, they had taken down more than dozen disinformation networks used by state-backed groups and political entities in multiple countries to deceive users on their platforms. As part of that effort, they had identified and suspended more than 3,500 accounts between them, which used fake identities and…

Facebook partners with external researchers to study impact of social media during 2020 U.S. Presidential election

In a significant development, Facebook Inc disclosed that it has partnered with external researchers to examine its impact during the crucial 2020 U.S. presidential election. The findings of the studies will be published in the middle of 2021, at the earliest. The initiative expands its Social Science One project wherein academics study the political impacts…

Australia’s upcoming law will force Facebook and Google to pay for sharing domestic media content

In a statement, U.S. social media giant Facebook Inc said, it would block news publishers and people in Australia from sharing news on its app, including Instagram and Facebook if a proposed bill which forces it pay local media outlets for content, becomes law. In July, the Australian government said it would require tech giants…