‘Horrified’ at lynchings, will sanitise our platform: WhatsApp responds to Centre

‘Horrified’ at lynchings, will sanitise our platform: WhatsApp responds to Centre

A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration September 14, 2017. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo) Seeks help from Indian experts to fight misinformation    New Delhi, July 4 (IANS): Taking cognisance of the Indian government’s concerns over the misuse of its platform for repeated circulation of provocative content, Facebook-owned […]

Government warns WhatsApp against misuse of its platform

Government warns WhatsApp against misuse of its platform

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS): The government has asked WhatsApp to take immediate action to end the menace of spreading messages that impact the country’s law and order situation and ensure that the platform is not used for such malafide activities, an official statement said here on Tuesday. “Instances of lynching of innocent people have been […]

New message bug crashes WhatsApp, Android devices

New message bug crashes WhatsApp, Android devices

San Francisco, May 7 (IANS): A bug is being forwarded via messages which when tapped, could send not just the WhatsApp Android app crashing but possibly even the entire Android device as well, the media reported.   “As with any message bomb, it involves sending and receiving a specially crafted message with hidden symbols in between […]

‘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 […]