Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has clarified in its latest blog on Tuesday that its recent policy update will not affect the privacy of messages with family or friends in any way but that it will include changes in messaging a business account on WhatsApp. New update will not affect privacy of messages sent to family or friends, WhatsApp clarifies
Signal will never track your data, we will never share it with third parties. It is not a business decision, it is the way how Signal is designed: Aruna Harder, COO, Signal, tells TIMES NOW's Heena Gambhir.Signal will never track your data, share it with third parties: Aruna Harder, Signal COO
As the Mark Zuckerberg-run Facebook moves to monetise WhatsApp through commerce and payments, Global Head Will Cathcart says India remains at the centre of the focus.
WhatsApp put out a status update on all Indian user accounts, stating that it can't read or listen to personal conversations and that it doesn't share user contacts with Facebook.
Signal or Telegram? or a return to the postman or carrier pigeon?
Prominent members of the Indian startup ecosystem including PhonePe's Sameer Nigam and Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma took to Twitter to announce their migration from personal and professional groups in WhatsApp to Signal.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) had last year declared WhatsApp as a dominant player in the messaging space, saying that the Facebook-owned app has the advantage of reaping the benefits of ‘network effect’.
Signal App is considered the gold standard for privacy by journalists and whistleblowers. WhatsApp, meanwhile, wants to share significantly more user data with Facebook.
Several Indian and multinational companies have started issuing advisories to staff, asking them to avoid sharing sensitive company information on WhatsApp and stop using the platform for critical business calls.
Downloads spike after Tesla CEO Musk asks users to join app in a tweet.
In the communication to Prasad, CAIT has demanded that "government should immediately restrict WhatsApp from implementing the new policy or put a ban on WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook", the traders' body stated.
Integrated platforms will offer more surveillance over the user’s purchase journey, allowing Facebook greater opportunities to intervene and convert abandoned carts into sales. However, users may not benefit from this unwarranted attention. Beyond the danger of an advertising monopoly lies the threat arising from stockpiled aggregate user data.
Signal app was downloaded 3.3 million times in the Jan. 5-11 period, compared with WhatsApp’s 1.7 million, Facebook’s 2.1 million and Instagram’s 2.3 million downloads, Sensor Tower’s data shows.
The privacy update and new terms of service have raised concerns among users in India, WhatsApp's biggest market and around the world on how much data WhatsApp intends to share with parent Facebook.
WhatsApp had not included the robots.txt file for 'chat.whatsapp.com' subdomain, which had led to the indexing of these groups and profiles, cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia says.
Internal discussions are on within the IT Ministry over the implications of the recent move by the Facebook-owned messaging platform.
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In a strongly worded letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said India is home to the largest user base of WhatsApp globally and is one the biggest markets for its services.
To see India make a choice that favours data privacy and a new, more privacy-oriented messenger so strongly is momentous to say the least, says Signal COO Aruna Harder.
Last week, Signal beat not only WhatsApp but also Facebook and Instagram in weekly India downloads.
These businesses want to take a closer look at the new policy as they regularly use WhatsApp to transmit private data like health test results and financial statements
WhatsApp's new terms reserve the right to share user data with parent Facebook.
WhatsApp has decided to delay the rollout of its new policy update to May 15 after massive criticism from users globally, including India, over concerns that data was being shared with its parent company Facebook. The move assumes significance for users in India given that the country is among the biggest markets for WhatsApp with over 400 million users.
WhatsApp Head Will Cathcart said the Facebook-owned company remains committed to privacy and security of users across India and will continue to explain to users that their messages are end-to-end encrypted.
The lender is offering services such as balance enquiry, mini statement, cheque status enquiry, cheque book request, blocking debit card and information on products and services, among others via WhatsApp, a release said.
WhatsApp’s new privacy terms give it the right to share user data, including location, phone number, contacts list and usage pattern, with Facebook and its units such as Instagram and Messenger.
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WhatsApp Pay was possible because of India's UPI system, a first in the world: Mark Zuckerberg in conversation with Mukesh Ambani
We launched WhatsApp Pay in India last month. This was possible because of UPI system and 140 banks which made it easy. India is the first country to do anything like this: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO during 'Partnering for Digital India' with RIL Chairman & MD Mukesh Ambani.WhatsApp Pay was possible because of India's UPI system, a first in the world: Mark Zuckerberg in conversation with Mukesh Ambani
Twitterati, obviously, didn't get too excited about the changes.
Despite Facebook’s stake in Jio Patforms, JioMart wouldn’t have special access to WhatsApp’s ordering system, say industry executives.
WhatsApp has been in the news recently over changes in their privacy policies on sharing user data whose implementation has been delayed by the company by three months to May.
Currently, the messaging app allows calling (audio and video) via app only. But if reports are to believed, it may allow users to use these features via its web application. In fact, according to a report of WABetaInfo, some users have already started receiving this on an experimental basis.
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In India, and in much of the global South, WhatsApp has become the most important form of not only general communication but also political communication. For Facebook, that’s an immense direct subsidy to political parties and governments. Facebook tightly integrates between Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp because targeted commercial communications are its primary business.
Facebook-owned instant messaging application WhatsApp has confirmed its new exciting disappearing messages feature which, once enabled, will make new messages sent in individual or group chats disappear after seven days. As per the information provided on the support page, enabling the settings will not affect the messages previously sent or received in chat. While the users can themselves turn disappearing messages on and off for individual chats, in a group chat, only the admins will get to use the feature.WhatsApp confirms disappearing messages features
They demanded an investigation, including by a Joint Parliamentary Committee, into the contents of the chats, the transcripts of which are part of the Mumbai Police’s supplementary charge sheet in the TV rating point (TRP) manipulation case.
The reaction in India - where 400 million users exchange more messages on WhatsApp than anywhere in the world - has forced the messaging app to unleash an advertising blitz.
Signal and Telegram messaging apps are seeing a sudden increase in demand after larger rival WhatsApp's updated terms of service raised eyebrows on social media.
WhatsApp said Catalogs have allowed people to see what’s available and helped businesses organise their chats around particular items.
The presidency will move its WhatsApp groups to encrypted messaging app BiP, a unit of Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetler AS, on Jan. 11, it said in a message on Saturday to the groups. The switch coincides with Erdogan's broader campaign against social-media platforms that activists say is meant to stifle dissent.
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Some advertisers and marketers said Facebook might have to resort to some course corrections following user uproar over the update.
The feature replaces the earlier option of muting a chat for one year. The feature will help users to permanently mute unwanted chats.
The move to integrate JioMart with WhatsApp will allow hundreds of millions of users to order products from Reliance without having to leave the app, the report said.
The parliamentary panels have maintained that officials from most of these social media sites have failed to give satisfactory replies. The hearing of the IT panel scheduled for January 21 assumes significance in this regard.
The plea says the Centre has failed to impose necessary and restrictive conditions in the instant case, while the European Union's (EU) Antitrust Authority imposed serious restrictions on the proposed policy of WhatsApp and a fine of 110 million euros on the instant messaging platform in 2017.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has confirmed that it will withdraw support for several Android and iOS devices starting next year. This will include any smartphone running on a version prior to Android 4.0.3 or iOS 9. The move follows the introduction of several new features by the app through the year.
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Once completely tested, WhatsApp Web users will be able to video and voice call via desktops.
WhatsApp said it wants to grow the small and micro business ecosystem by bringing in new features and tools to the WhatsApp Business app.
Facebook is betting on messaging commerce-enabling customers to shop online using WhatsApp and integrating payments with it
WhatsApp Pay processed 0.81 million UPI transactions worth Rs 29.72 crore, an over 100% increase in both volume and value compared to November, NPCI data shows.
Making chats special: WhatsApp now allows users to set custom wallpapers, use stickers for each contact
WhatsApp has also introduced new graphic designs in both dark and bright albums.
WhatsApp designed its payments feature on National Payments Corporation of India’s (NPCI) UPI system and was granted approvals to go live recently in November 2020 on a peer to peer (P2P) basis.
WhatsApp already let users browse online catalogs from shops.
he protesters have a strong presence on other digital platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube as well to tell their side of the story directly to whoever is willing to listen.
"We want to keep in mind that you get full time to read and accept these conditions, so we have extended the date. This means that no account will be suspended or deleted on 8 February," WhatsApp said in a statement on Saturday.
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The social media giant announced some changes aimed at enhancing user engagement.
The update will make it easier for people to make purchases and get help from businesses on the messaging platform, a company spokesperson said on Friday.
Facebook becomes the second big tech company to face a major legal challenge this year after the U.S. Justice Department sued Alphabet Inc's Google in October.
WhatsApp head Will Cathcart admitted the company’s communication about policy changes has caused some confusion but reiterated that messages would remain encrypted.
According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, the latest scam doing the rounds involves hacking your WhatsApp account. A user will pretend to be a friend of yours, and will send in a text stating some sort of emergency. Sometimes, this may come from one of your friends' actual number, instead of an unknown one.
WhatsApp is set to expand its ambit of services to finance, commerce, education and social welfare in 2021.
According to the WhatsApp chat transcript, Goswami texted Dasgupta three days before the Feb. 26, 2019 airstrike, saying "something big will happen" and "On Pakistan the government is confident of striking in a way that people will be elated."
"I would welcome India and all free, democratic nations to follow our lead in preventing insecure technologies into their telecom networks," said US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai during an interview with ET.
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Other fact checkers said while Facebook has not issued any new guidelines or instructions to Indian fact checkers for the US elections and state elections in Bihar it would be work as usual for them.
In a statement issued on Monday, NBA has said that the manipulation of ratings by Republic TV has “immensely damaged” the “reputation” of the broadcast industry and therefore it should be kept out of BARC rating system till final court order.
All apps, including WhatsApp, must maintain 'sanctity' of personal communication: Ravi Shankar Prasad
“Be it WhatsApp or any other digital platform, you are free to do business in India. But do it in a manner without bringing upon the rights of Indians who operate, and sanctity of personal communication needs to be maintained,” Prasad said at a virtual event on Tuesday.
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Up until December 2018, when mobile internet first arrived, Cubans wishing to use the internet had to find one of several dozen Wi-Fi hotspots in public parks or squares, and pay dearly for an unreliable connection. And even that initial access only became possible in 2015.
Telegram has continued to grow with 25 million new users joining the messaging service in the last 72 hours alone.
The company said the new shopping button is available across the world and will replace the voice call button.
WhatsApp said CyberPeace Foundation will train teachers, parents and students using a co-created curriculum to increase online safety for children in consultation with UNICEF and state police authorities. At the end of these training sessions, the participants will create a 'CyberPeace Club' for creating a 'repository' of guidance that other students can refer to for boosting online child safety.
US competition watchdog Federal Trade Commission wants Facebook to divest the two businesses -- an idea that poses an existential threat to the empire built by Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg.
However, the growth in downloads slowed to a measly 2% in September over the same month last year, according to the data shared by app analytics firm Sensor Tower. Before the ban, TikTok downloads in the first six months of the year grew 85% from the year-ago period.
UPI is largely dominated by Google Pay and Walmart-owned PhonePe, who together control over 80% of transaction volume
According to an NYT report, in August 1968, Lynn Conway, a promising computer engineer at IBM in Sunnyvale, California, was fired after it was learnt she was "undertaking a gender transition." Employees watched last month as Diane Gherson, IBM's senior vice-president of human resources, told Conway that while the company now offered help and support to "transitioning employees", no amount of progress could make up for the treatment she had received decades ago.
Where traditional media is forced to operate with liability and responsibility, social media is not held to the same standards.
There has been a “large surge” in downloads of Telegram in India over the past few days, said Craig Chapple, mobile insights strategist at mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower. “During September 19-24, Telegram generated 1.8 million downloads, which was up 64% from the 1.1 million downloads accumulated in the six days prior,” he said.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp launched a new 'disappearing messages' feature for users across markets in 2020. But unlike rival platform Telegram's self-destruct timer, that lets users choose the disappearing time ranging from a second to minutes to a week, messages on WhatsApp will stay on for a week before they disappear, if users activate the feature. Pic Credit: WhatsApp
And this is the crux of the case being levelled by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and 46 US states, against Facebook. By contrast, only 11 states are implacably opposed to Google. The certainty of their belief that Facebook has indulged in anti-competitive behaviour is only matched by the level of difficulty associated with indicting it within a framework of outdated anti-trust laws.
Once you activate the feature, messages will automatically be deleted after 7 days.
After facing regulatory hurdles and courtroom battles for months, WhatsApp has received the approval in India to go live with a payment feature on its messaging platform using the Unified Payments Interface.The National Payment Corp of India’s clearance for WhatsApp Pay limits the number of users who can use the feature on the platform to 20 million in the first phase. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has about 400 million users in India.WhatsApp gets NPCI green signal to launch UPI payment
Twitterati even 'coined' a Hindi word for 'social distancing' - TAN-DOORI.
The new storage management tools are rolling out to users worldwide this week.
As per the new rules, WhatsApp Pay can go live using the multibank Unified Payments Interface (UPI), which is operated by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). It has been allowed to begin with a user-number cap, and then gradually increase its UPI base.