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WhatsApp will hide your ‘last seen’ status from strangers by default

WhatsApp’s messaging platform changed its Last Seen feature, which will no longer display to unknown contacts by default. Therefore, if you haven’t chatted with someone before, they’ll no longer be able to see information about your activity on the app. As such, the new privacy measure comes after WhatsApp previously set the feature on “Everyone” […]

WhatsApp pushes privacy update to comply with Irish ruling

WhatsApp is adding more details to its privacy policy and flagging that information for European users, after Irish regulators slapped the chat service with a record fine for breaching strict EU data privacy rules. Starting Monday, WhatsApp’s privacy policy will be reorganized to provide more information on the data it collects and how it’s used. […]

WhatsApp backup encryption role in safeguarding Data

Facebook announced Thursday deployment news of WhatsApp’s end-to-end encrypted chat backups for iOS and Android devices. For years, the social networking company provided end-to-end encryption to its messaging platforms. However, with its last encrypted edition, users can obtain a mirrored level of security coding with the devices’ backup. The recently added feature will be slowly […]

Here’s why Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram were down

As the whole world went semi-offline last night due to a six-hour outage on Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, the main question on everyone’s mind was “what’s happening to our social media platforms?”  Well, Facebook cleared the air in a blog post right after the outage was fixed. Apparently, the answer to the popular question isn’t as gripping as most of […]

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram suffer worldwide outage

Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms are back online after a massive global outage plunged the services and the businesses and people who rely on them into chaos for hours. Facebook said late Monday that “the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change” and that there is “no evidence that user […]

WhatsApp, social posts helped lead Haitian migrants to Texas

For the final leg of his journey from Chile to the United States, Haitian migrant Fabricio Jean followed detailed instructions sent to him via WhatsApp from his brother in New Jersey who had recently taken the route to the Texas border. His brother wired him money for the trip, then meticulously mapped it out, warning […]

Here are some new features from WhatsApp

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a number of new features that will transform the way we text on a daily basis. Similar to Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook, WhatsApp is planning on rolling out reactions to messages for both individual and group chats. WABetaInfo shared a screenshot showcasing the new feature, revealing that users will have […]

Irish watchdog fines WhatsApp $267M after EU privacy probe

Ireland’s privacy watchdog has fined WhatsApp a record 225 million euros ($267 million) after an investigation found it breached stringent European Union data protection rules on transparency about sharing people’s data with other Facebook companies. The Data Protection Commission said Thursday that it was also ordering WhatsApp to take “remedial actions” to change the way […]

WhatsApp finally unveils self-destructing media feature

WhatsApp unveiled on Wednesday a new media feature labelled “view once” allowing photos and videos to disappear automatically after being seen by their receiver.   The Facebook-owned messaging app promoted the new feature as a privacy tool.   “New feature alert! You can now send photos and videos that disappear after they’ve been opened via View Once on WhatsApp, giving you more control over your chats privacy!” said the company in a tweet.   The “view […]

Urgent investigation into WhatsApp, Facebook data sharing

The EU’s national data protection regulators have called on the Irish watchdog to conduct an urgent investigation into the recent changes in WhatsApp’s privacy policy and how it shares data with parent company Facebook, amid concerns the companies have violated privacy law. The regulators stopped short of taking action against Facebook, saying it was still […]