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…

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…

Facebook ramps up its rules for U.S. political advertisers ahead of U.S. presidential elections

With social media increasingly playing a pivotal role during elections, Facebook is ramping up efforts to uncloak U.S. political advertisers. Ahead of the U.S. president elections in November 2020, Facebook Inc has begun tightening its political ad rules in the United States, said the social media giant on Wednesday. The new disclosures rules are applicable…

Facebook to launch new video chatting devices in 2019 Autumn

The chat devices fits snugly into Facebook’s focus towards private messaging by encryption of conversations on more of its messaging services. In the autumn of 2019, Facebook Inc plans to release new versions of its Portal video chatting devices, said Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s vice president of AR/VR, in an interview at the Code Conference in…

Facebook approaches settlement with the FTC over consumer data data breach violations

The focus of the FTC’s investigation into Facebook’s data breach was whether the sharing of personal data of 87 million users with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica violated its 2011 agreement with the FTC wherein it had pledged to safeguard user’s privacy. As per a report from the Wall Street Journal citing sources familiar…

Facebook removes 2632 pages, groups and accounts citing “coordinated inauthentic behavior”

Facebook removed accounts from Russia, Kosovo, Iran, and Macedonia citing what it described as “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” On Tuesday, Facebook Inc disclosed, it has removed more accounts from Russia, Kosovo, Iran, and Macedonia citing what it described as “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” A total of 2,632 pages, groups and accounts were removed from Facebook and Instagram…