‘Delete’ Facebook, says WhatsApp co-founder

San Francisco, March 21 (IANS): Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, late on Tuesday asked users to “delete” the social media platform, Facebook, amid alleged data leakage of its users for political purposes. “It is time. #deletefacebook,” Brian Acton tweeted to more than 23,000 of his followers. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014.   Facebook […]

WhatsApp now has 1.5 billion monthly users

WhatsApp now has 1.5 billion monthly users

San Francisco, February 1 (IANS) WhatsApp now has 1.5 billion monthly active users (MAUs) who are exchanging nearly 60 billion messages on a single day, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday.   In an earnings call after announcing the fourth quarter results, Zuckerberg said that Facebook-owned Instagram is now the most popular Story-sharing product, […]

WhatsApp testing ‘demote’ feature for group admins

WhatsApp testing ‘demote’ feature for group admins

San Francisco, January 12 (IANS) WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new button in group chats that will allow one administrator to “demote” other administrators, without first deleting them from the group and then adding again as normal participants.   Right now, when an administrator wants to remove a fellow administrator from the post, it is […]

WhatsApp asked to stop sharing data with Facebook

WhatsApp asked to stop sharing data with Facebook

London, December 19 (IANS) Concerned over data privacy of its citizens, France’s privacy watchdog has issued formal notice to WhatsApp, asking the popular mobile messaging app to stop sharing user data with the parent company Facebook within a month.   If WhatsApp fails to comply with the formal notice within the specified time scale, the […]

Exclusive: Prescient messages about Indian companies circulate in WhatsApp groups

Exclusive: Prescient messages about Indian companies circulate in WhatsApp groups

MUMBAI, November 21 (Reuters) – Three days before Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd announced quarterly results this summer, a message circulated on a private WhatsApp group saying the Indian drugmaker would not post good numbers.   Dr. Reddy’s was going to report a loss, according to the message on the “Market Chatter” group, which was posted […]

Exclusive: Prescient messages about Indian companies circulate in WhatsApp groups

Exclusive: Prescient messages about Indian companies circulate in WhatsApp groups

FILE PHOTO: A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo   MUMBAI, November 16 (Reuters) – Three days before Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd announced quarterly results this summer, a message circulated on a private WhatsApp group saying the Indian drugmaker would not […]

WhatsApp empowers women, kids with ‘Live Location’ feature

WhatsApp empowers women, kids with ‘Live Location’ feature

San Francisco, October 18 (IANS) In a move that will help women and kids connect with their families and friends as they travel, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has introduced ‘Live Location’ feature.   The feature that allows people to share location in real-time with family or friends.   The end-to-end encrypted feature lets people control who they […]

WhatsApp ‘excited’ about digital projects in India

WhatsApp ‘excited’ about digital projects in India

  New Delhi, August 21 (IANS) Days after the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on WhatsApp was spotted in the Google Play Beta Programme, a top WhatsApp executive says the mobile messaging app is excited about the government’s digitisation drive and the future projects in the country.   Without delving into the details about when the […]