WhatsApp tests in-app business directory in Brazil, India and Indonesia next

2021-09-16 17:03:29

London: WhatsApp, the world’s largest instant messaging service, has launched a new feature to make it possible to search for businesses within its app for the first time.

The test in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which allows WhatsApp users to find shops and services through a directory within the app, is the latest feature in Facebook Inc.’s drive to bolster ecommerce on its services. It includes thousands of businesses in categories like food, retail and local services across

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Small traders expect easier finance post MSME tag

2021-09-15 09:28:00

NEW DELHI: Small traders expect easier finance and more growth going ahead post the government’s move to classify retail and wholesale trade under the MSME category, as per a survey report.

The American Express survey also showed small merchants are embracing new digital payment methods and innovative strategies to survive during the pandemic and as economy recovers.

More than half the small merchants surveyed by American Express for its 2021 report feel that the government’s new MSME guidelines

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India’s IT Rules undermine user security, says WhatsApp CEO

2021-09-15 06:07:03

India’s revised Information Technology Guidelines that requires technology platforms to trace the origin of flagged messages “undermines security that end-to-end encryption provides
WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart told technology publication The Verge on Monday
, adding that the move could see more countries worldwide following suit.

“With the IT rules in India, the specific thing those rules would require is us to build some system [to comply] if someone comes to us and says “Hey, someone

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How to stop making ‘one of the biggest’ storage mistakes on WhatsApp

How to stop making ‘one of the biggest’ storage mistakes on WhatsApp


Facebook-owned WhatsApp continues to be a popular social messaging app among its users. While it has become a default texting app for many, it offers the ability to share files, documents and other media like photos and videos with the contacts. However, it can be annoying when unwanted or unnecessary photos/videos are automatically saved by WhatsApp in your phone’s gallery. This can clutter your gallery and also eat up the storage space on your smartphone. Not to mention the

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How Facebook undermines privacy protections for its 2 billion WhatsApp users

2021-09-12 09:59:15

When Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new “privacy-focused vision” for Facebook in March 2019, he cited the company’s global messaging service, WhatsApp, as a model.

Acknowledging that “we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services,” the Facebook CEO wrote that “I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won’t stick around

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WhatsApp completes building end-to-end encryption option for backups

2021-09-10 21:46:10

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday that its messaging platform WhatsApp has completed building an end to end encryption option for backups people choose to store in Google Drive or iCloud.

“WhatsApp is the first global messaging service at this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messaging and backups, and getting there was a really hard technical challenge that required an entirely new framework for key storage and cloud storage across operating systems,” he said in a

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Here’s when WhatsApp may ‘read’ your chats despite E2E encryption

Here’s when WhatsApp may ‘read’ your chats despite E2E encryption


Facebook-owned WhatsApp has always assured users that no one can read your chats as it is end-to-end encrypted. But a recent report by ProPublica claimed that Facebook undermines WhatsApp’s privacy protections. Despite assuring WhatsApp users of E2E encryption, Facebook moderators can access “users messages, images and videos”, as per the report.

While there’s no denying that Facebook moderators do have the capability to examine messages sent on WhatsApp, there’s one crucial piece of information that the report failed to

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How to easily access important chats in WhatsApp

How to easily access important chats in WhatsApp


NEW DELHI: WhatsApp is one of the widely used messaging apps in the world. It is one of the most-preferred apps when it comes to interacting with friends, family and colleagues. On many occasions we fail to find an important chat in the sea of WhatsApp conversations. However, did you know that WhatsApp offers a feature of pin chat which allows you to pin important chats on top of the main chat list? Available on both Android and iOS

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Does WhatsApp ‘read’ your chats? What this report says – Facebook’s claim

2021-09-09 15:10:03

Facebook assures users that WhatsApp is a safe messaging platform with end-to-end encryption of chats. The claim is that not even the company sees the chats. But is it really that secure?

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WhatsApp says user reports on spam do not undermine end-to-end encryption

2021-09-08 20:14:28

WhatsApp on Wednesday said reports sent to it by users flagging spam and abuse do not undermine end-to-end encryption of the messaging platform. WhatsApp’s clarification came in response to a report by non-profit newsroom ProPublica that said even though WhatsApp says it does not see user content, the Facebook-owned company has an extensive monitoring operation and regularly shares personal information with prosecutors.

“WhatsApp provides a way for people to report spam or abuse, which includes sharing the most

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iD Fresh Food files complaint with police, WhatsApp over misleading information

2021-09-08 19:45:47

Bengaluru: Billionaire Azim Premji-backed packaged food company iD Fresh Food on Wednesday filed a complaint with the cybercrime cell of the Bengaluru city police and, also with WhatsApp seeking action against the people who have mounted a campaign targeting its products.

“We condemn the spread of such malicious rumours and misinformation and have taken the legal route to rightfully tackle this issue,” the company said in a statement.

The company, founded about 15 years ago by the first-generation

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5 things that can tell if someone has blocked you on WhatsApp

5 things that can tell if someone has blocked you on WhatsApp


WhatsApp allows you to block users on its platform that you do not wish to receive messages from. One can also see the list of contacts he/she has blocked. However, things are not the same when a user is blocked by someone and he/she wishes to see the contact who has blocked them. Due to privacy reasons, WhatsApp does not show contact (s) that has blocked a user. But, there are a couple of indicators that can sort of

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‘Reengineer platforms’ to ensure traceability, govt to social media

2021-09-07 06:47:15

The government has reiterated its stand in favour of traceability, making it clear that social media platforms like WhatsApp must “reengineer their platforms” if need be to help law enforcement agencies trace the origin of messages that are creating any law and order issue, official sources told ET.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has
taken the government to court challenging the traceability mandate in the new Intermediary Guidelines. But, in recent meeting with social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter

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Jio completes five years of operations; tech world congratulates

2021-09-06 17:35:25

From Google India to Zomato, and Netflix to Paytm – the who’s who of the tech world lined up to congratulate a company’s five years of operations. No surprise, they have been a beneficiary of the data revolution that Reliance Jio brought with its dirt cheap rates.

Data usage in India has zoomed 1,300 per cent and the number of broadband users grew four times since September 5, 2016, when billionaire Mukesh Ambani marked re-entry into the telecom

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How to send message to multiple people on WhatsApp without creating a group

How to send message to multiple people on WhatsApp without creating a group


WhatsApp is undoubtedly one of the most popular apps and mode of communications. However, at times it can be a pain as you have to become part of various groups and it takes a lot of time to keep track of the conversations. Also, there may be times that you need to send message to certain people who all are not part of one group. While creating a group to send message these people may appear as a solution,

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WhatsApp chat transfer feature: What works, what doesn’t and how to move chats

WhatsApp chat transfer feature: What works, what doesn’t and how to move chats


Turn on your Samsung and connect by cable to your iPhone when prompted.

Follow the Samsung Smart Switch experience.

When prompted, scan the QR code displayed on the new device using the iPhone’s camera.

Tap Start on your iPhone, and wait for the process to complete.

Continue setting up your new Samsung.

When you reach the home screen, open WhatsApp and log in using the same phone number used on your old device.

Tap Import when prompted, and allow

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Irish data privacy watchdog fines WhatsApp $266 million

2021-09-02 16:46:41

Ireland hit Facebook’s WhatsApp with a record 225 million euro ($266 million) fine on Thursday following an inquiry into the messaging app’s transparency around sharing personal data with other Facebook companies.

WhatsApp said the fine was “entirely disproportionate” and that it would appeal.

Ireland’s Data Privacy Commissioner (DPC), which is the lead data privacy regulator for Facebook within the European Union, said the issues related to whether WhatsApp conformed in 2018 with EU data rules about transparency.

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Ireland fines WhatsApp 225 million euros for breaching EU privacy laws

Ireland on Thursday imposed a 225-million-euro ($267-million) fine on messaging service WhatsApp for breaching EU data privacy laws after European regulators demanded the penalty be increased.

Ireland was asked to “reassess and increase its proposed fine on the basis of a number of factors … and following this reassessment the DPC has imposed a fine of 225 million euro on WhatsApp,” said Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC).

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Three Million Indian Accounts Banned by WhatsApp Between June 16-July 31

Over three million Indian accounts were banned by WhatsApp while 594 grievance reports were received by the messaging platform between June 16-July 31, according to its compliance report. In its latest report released on Tuesday, WhatsApp said 3,027,000 Indian accounts were banned on WhatsApp during the said period.

An Indian account is identified via a +91 phone number, it added. Previously, WhatsApp has stated that more than 95 per cent of bans are due to the unauthorised use of automated

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Facebook, WhatsApp release compliance reports under new IT rules

2021-08-31 20:02:28

Facebook acted on 33.3 million pieces of content, and more than 2.8 million pieces of content at its photo and video sharing site Instagram over 45 days between June 16 and July 31, it said in its monthly transparency report.

The US-based social media network proactively acted on 3.5 million posts related to violent and graphic content and 2.6 million posts concerning adult nudity and sexual activity, it said in the report, published in line with the

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