Articles about WhatsApp

Twitter, Facebook under regulatory scanner for hosting unregulated adoption activity

16 Jun 2021

Twitter, Facebook under regulatory scanner for hosting unregulated adoption activity

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has officially intimated social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Telegram over what's alleged to be activities related to illegal adoption of COVID-19 orphans.

New sticker pack released for WhatsApp users on Android, iOS

15 Jun 2021

New sticker pack released for WhatsApp users on Android, iOS

Over the last few months, Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has struggled to retain users abandoning the platform in favor of alternatives such as Signal.

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple keeps Android users in check, and more

10 Jun 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple keeps Android users in check, and more

"Don't call us, we'll call you," best describes the dynamics between Android and Apple users when it comes to the new cross-platform FaceTime update.

WhatsApp voice calling comes to JioPhone, other KaiOS-based feature phones

09 Jun 2021

WhatsApp voice calling comes to JioPhone, other KaiOS-based feature phones

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has joined hands with KaiOS Technologies to enable VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calling on devices running the latter's operating system.

NewsBytes Briefing: Tinder makes it easier for cheaters, and more

08 Jun 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Tinder makes it easier for cheaters, and more

Tinder's very nature makes it unviable for cheaters. While fake profiles don't get you anywhere, using your real identity will get you spotted and ratted out by common friends.

WhatsApp spotted working on Flash Calls feature for login verification

07 Jun 2021

WhatsApp spotted working on Flash Calls feature for login verification

Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp could soon let you verify your logins using phone calls instead of the six-digit verification codes it has used until now.

Google, Facebook comply with IT Ministry rules; Twitter's stance unclear

29 May 2021

Google, Facebook comply with IT Ministry rules; Twitter's stance unclear

Google, Facebook, and the latter's subsidiary WhatsApp have reportedly agreed to comply with the new rules defined by the Indian Government's IT Ministry. Twitter's intention to comply remains unclear.

NewsBytes Briefing: WhatsApp avenges Twitter in India, and more

27 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: WhatsApp avenges Twitter in India, and more

Not long after Delhi Police raided Twitter's offices, WhatsApp has avenged its social media peer by suing the Indian government. Facebook is playing it smart by refraining from simply refusing to comply to government demands.

IT rules: Centre seeks compliance status from Facebook, Twitter 'ASAP'

26 May 2021

IT rules: Centre seeks compliance status from Facebook, Twitter 'ASAP'

The central government on Wednesday asked social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp to share their status of compliance with the new IT rules.

Why is WhatsApp suing Modi-led Government?

26 May 2021

Why is WhatsApp suing Modi-led Government?

Days after Delhi Police raided Twitter, another tech giant is fighting back by suing the Indian Government.

NewsBytes Briefing: YouTube's TikTok clone already doing well, and more

13 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: YouTube's TikTok clone already doing well, and more

Silicon Valley's foundation is built on compelling ideas. But ideas can be stolen, which happens with clockwork precision in the world of social media platforms. For instance, YouTube's TikTok clone has been gradually phased out from testing to global roll-out now.

German authorities invoke GDPR to halt WhatsApp's privacy policy implementation

13 May 2021

German authorities invoke GDPR to halt WhatsApp's privacy policy implementation

WhatsApp's privacy policy update that's scheduled to come into effect on May 15 has hit a roadblock in Germany. On May 11, the regulators issued an order on Facebook, thereby barring it from accessing personal data belonging to WhatsApp users.

NewsBytes Briefing: WhatsApp masters the art of lying, and more

12 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: WhatsApp masters the art of lying, and more

After the public outcry over WhatsApp's ham-handed privacy policy, Facebook was forced to delay the deadline and assure that users won't lose their accounts or functionality.

WhatsApp issues ultimatum: Accept new policy or lose basic functionality

11 May 2021

WhatsApp issues ultimatum: Accept new policy or lose basic functionality

On May 15, WhatsApp's hotly-debated privacy policy is scheduled to come into force. The company maintains that "No one will have their accounts deleted or lose functionality of WhatsApp on May 15 because of this update."

Signal exposes Facebook on Instagram, Facebook bans its ads

05 May 2021

Signal exposes Facebook on Instagram, Facebook bans its ads

In another shocking incident that could tarnish Facebook's brand image, Signal displayed ads on Instagram illustrating how frighteningly intrusive the platform's data collection practices are to the target audience.

How to find the nearest COVID-19 vaccination center using WhatsApp

03 May 2021

How to find the nearest COVID-19 vaccination center using WhatsApp

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in India, Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp has stepped up to help. The platform has teamed up with the MyGov Corona Helpdesk Chatbot to offer its services via WhatsApp chat as well.

Telegram promises to implement group video calling feature in May

30 Apr 2021

Telegram promises to implement group video calling feature in May

After introducing one-on-one video calls, WhatsApp's rival messaging platform Telegram recently announced that it would get a group video calling feature in May.

Once again, WhatsApp is reminding users about privacy policy deadline

27 Apr 2021

Once again, WhatsApp is reminding users about privacy policy deadline

Despite facing severe global backlash for its unilateral privacy policy change, Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp decided it's a good idea to remind users of the policy change and the fast-approaching implementation deadline.

NewsBytes Briefing: Here's how deepfakes could end humanity, and more

27 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Here's how deepfakes could end humanity, and more

Unknown perpetrators, using the power of deepfakes, duped Dutch politicians into believing they were video conferencing with Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's chief of staff.

WhatsApp is testing a new 24-hour limit for disappearing messages

26 Apr 2021

WhatsApp is testing a new 24-hour limit for disappearing messages

Popular Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has been releasing new features nearly every week as the deadline to enforce its do-or-die privacy policy draws near.

WhatsApp beta testers catch glimpse of new voice message settings

24 Apr 2021

WhatsApp beta testers catch glimpse of new voice message settings

Recently, Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp rolled out yet another feature for beta testers that would allow faster playback of voice messages.

NewsBytes Briefing: Germany clamps down on WhatsApp, and more

15 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Germany clamps down on WhatsApp, and more

Even as Indian government scrambles to figure out how to prevent Facebook from taking advantage of its citizenry, Germany has leveraged the European Union's solid privacy laws to take WhatsApp to task.

New WhatsApp privacy policy could face intervention from German regulators

15 Apr 2021

New WhatsApp privacy policy could face intervention from German regulators

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Johannes Casper, has opened proceedings to stop WhatsApp from implementing a controversial privacy policy that allows it to share user data with Facebook.

#BugAlert: Here's how anyone can suspend your WhatsApp account

13 Apr 2021

#BugAlert: Here's how anyone can suspend your WhatsApp account

If you have been receiving multiple two-factor authentication (2FA) requests for your WhatsApp account, it is likely that someone is attempting to shut your account down.

#MalwareAlert: Fake Netflix-like app spreads malware via WhatsApp

08 Apr 2021

#MalwareAlert: Fake Netflix-like app spreads malware via WhatsApp

Check Point Research (CPR) discovered a new malware on the Google Play Store that was disguised as "FlixOnline."

WhatsApp may soon allow data transfer between Android and iOS

07 Apr 2021

WhatsApp may soon allow data transfer between Android and iOS

WhatsApp users might soon be able to transfer their data on the instant-messaging platform between iOS and Android platforms, reveals WABetaInfo in a new report.

NewsBytes Briefing: Mark Zuckerberg gives off mixed Signals, and more

07 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Mark Zuckerberg gives off mixed Signals, and more

People are best judged by their actions and not their words, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a resplendent example.

NewsBytes Briefing: WhatsApp pays for privacy debacle, and more

16 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: WhatsApp pays for privacy debacle, and more

People generally give up their rights and liberties for a bit of convenience, but even that has a limit. Facebook has learned that the hard way by antagonizing the masses with WhatsApp's ham-handed privacy policy diktats.

PhonePe emerges as India's leading UPI app

16 Mar 2021

PhonePe emerges as India's leading UPI app

Walmart-owned UPI app PhonePe processed 975.53 million transactions amounting to Rs. 1,89,517 crore in February alone. This makes it the country's most popular UPI app, with Google Pay coming in at second place, and Paytm a distant third.

NewsBytes Briefing: Hackers expose massive surveillance oversight, and more

11 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Hackers expose massive surveillance oversight, and more

Hackers broke into the secure networks of Verkada Inc., which provides video surveillance and facial recognition solutions to Tesla, Cloudflare, and several government organizations. By "broke in," we mean it used the publicly exposed master password to simply log into their network.

WhatsApp releases voice and video calling feature for desktop client

05 Mar 2021

WhatsApp releases voice and video calling feature for desktop client

WhatsApp has released the long-awaited voice and video calling feature for the app's desktop version. The feature doesn't yet support group calls, but it is optimized to work in both portrait and landscape orientations.

NewsBytes Briefing: WhatsApp gets desktop voice calling, and more

04 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: WhatsApp gets desktop voice calling, and more

Nothing drives innovation more than your consumer base waking up and saying no to the abuse. At least, that seems to be why Facebook has been adding new and shiny features at an impressive rate.

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter brings Clubhouse to the masses, and more

04 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter brings Clubhouse to the masses, and more

Even as Clubhouse tries to be a hipster and keep Android users from experiencing its new take on social media, Twitter has cloned the experience for them with Spaces.

Leaked screenshots suggest WhatsApp might roll out self-destructing images

03 Mar 2021

Leaked screenshots suggest WhatsApp might roll out self-destructing images

In an upcoming update, Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp could add a feature which automatically destroys images once viewed, or after a predefined time. The new feature will add to disappearing messages introduced in November 2020.

Sandes messaging app is the government's alternative to WhatsApp

20 Feb 2021

Sandes messaging app is the government's alternative to WhatsApp

The Indian government's National Informatics Centre (NIC) has developed an instant messaging app called Sandes, which translates into "message" in Hindi. The application was intended for use by government officials but it allows individuals to sign up as well.

WhatsApp will implement updated policy despite global outrage

20 Feb 2021

WhatsApp will implement updated policy despite global outrage

WhatsApp has reiterated that it will implement its privacy policy despite user backlash and government scrutiny. WhatsApp recently published a blog post reminding its dwindling user base that the privacy policy will come into effect on May 15.

Supreme Court slaps Facebook, WhatsApp with notice over privacy policy

15 Feb 2021

Supreme Court slaps Facebook, WhatsApp with notice over privacy policy

The Supreme Court of India has issued a notice to Facebook and WhatsApp over the ongoing privacy policy concerns. The move comes after the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had issued a notice to the social media giant on the issue.

NewsBytes Briefing: Musk's army of gamer cyborg monkeys, and more

01 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Musk's army of gamer cyborg monkeys, and more

There is never a dull moment with Elon Musk. At a recent Clubhouse interaction, the world's richest man revealed that his Neuralink start-up has monkeys with brain implants that allow them to play video games with one another.

WFH special: Tips to reduce fatigue from excessive screen time

31 Jan 2021

WFH special: Tips to reduce fatigue from excessive screen time

Excessive use of your phone and/or laptop in these times of WFH leads to a number of discomforts, like migraine, eye pain, and muscle fatigue, among others.

NewsBytes Briefing: Reddit makes Wall Street bleed billions, and more

28 Jan 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Reddit makes Wall Street bleed billions, and more

What began as a price war between Reddit's army of trading enthusiasts and the Wall Street billionaires over the GameStop stock, saw the hedge funds lose more than $10 billion.