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India asks WhatsApp to withdraw new privacy policy, expresses ‘grave concerns’

India has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the planned change to its privacy policy, posing a new headache to Facebook-owned service that identifies the South Asian nation as its biggest market by users. In an email to WhatsApp head Will Cathcart, the nation’s IT ministry said WhatsApp’s planned update to its data-sharing policy raised “grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens… Therefore, you are called upon to withdraw the proposed changes.” The ministr...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Privacy, India, Tech, Eu, Whatsapp, Policy, Parliament, New Delhi, Telegram, Signal, South Asian, Will Cathcart


India asks WhatsApp to withdraw new privacy policy over ‘grave concerns’

India has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the planned change to its privacy policy, posing a new headache to Facebook-owned service that identifies the South Asian nation as its biggest market by users. In an email to WhatsApp head Will Cathcart, the nation’s IT ministry said the upcoming update to the app’s data-sharing policy has raised “grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens… Therefore, you are called upon to withdraw the proposed changes.” The min...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Privacy, India, Tech, Eu, Whatsapp, Policy, Parliament, New Delhi, Telegram, Signal, South Asian, Ravi Shankar Prasad


Tencent-backed Hike, once India’s answer to WhatsApp, has given up on messaging

India’s answer to WhatsApp has completely moved on from messaging. Hike Messenger, backed by Tencent, Tiger Global and SoftBank and valued at $1.4 billion in 2016, earlier this month announced that it was shutting down Sticker Chat, its messaging app. The startup, founded by Kavin Bharti Mittal, this month pivoted to two virtual social apps called Vibe and Rush, said Mittal, who is the son of telecom giant Airtel’s chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal. In a series of tweets earlier this month, Kavin s...
Tags: Social, Apps, Asia, Hike, India, Softbank, Tech, Whatsapp, Vodafone, Tencent, Tiger Global, Telegram, Airtel, Signal, Rush, Mittal


Telegram Says It Shut Down "Hundreds Of Public Calls To Violence" From US Channels Last Week

In the weeks since Trump-sympathizing rioters laid siege to the U.S. Capitol, platforms have scrambled to account for the ways right-wing zealots used their communication networks to strategize, coordinate or otherwise inflame tensions related to the deadly insurrection. Apparently, Telegram has been no exception: On…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, US, Software, Telegram, Operating Systems, Pavel Durov, Trump, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, Zello, Cross Platform Software, Alt Tech, Telegram In Iran


Signal and Telegram are also growing in China – for now

As fears over WhatsApp’s privacy policies send millions of users in the West to Signal and Telegram, the two encrypted apps are also seeing a slight user uptick in China, where WeChat has long dominated and the government has a tight grip on online communication. Following WhatsApp’s pop-up notification reminding users that it shares their data with its parent Facebook, people began fleeing to alternate encrypted platforms. Telegram added 25 million just between January 10-13, the company said o...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play Store, TC, Facebook, Messenger, Asia, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, Government, China, Tech, Whatsapp, Encryption, Beijing, Tencent


WhatsApp delays enforcement of privacy terms by 3 months, following backlash

WhatsApp said on Friday that it won’t enforce the planned update to its data-sharing policy until May 15, weeks after news about the new terms created confusion among its users, exposed the Facebook-app to a potential lawsuit, triggered a nationwide investigation, and drove tens of millions of its loyal fans to explore alternative messaging apps. “We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on Fe...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, India, Tech, Whatsapp, Telegram, Signal, Facebook WhatsApp, Brian Acton


WhatsApp panics as users flee to rivals in privacy boycott

The encrypted messaging service is having to embark on some damage control after criticism about its new terms and conditions The post WhatsApp panics as users flee to rivals in privacy boycott appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Facebook, Business, Privacy, Russia, India, Whatsapp, Messages, Telegram, Signal, Pavel Durov, Encrypted Messaging, Openaccess, Top Six, Adam Mosseri


Finding the Location of Telegram Users

Security researcher Ahmed Hassan has shown that spoofing the Android’s “People Nearby” feature allows him to pinpoint the physical location of Telegram users: Using readily available software and a rooted Android device, he’s able to spoof the location his device reports to Telegram servers. By using just three different locations and measuring the corresponding distance reported by People Nearby, he is able to pinpoint a user’s precise location. […] A proof-of-concept video the researcher sent ...
Tags: Android, Uncategorized, Telegram, Geolocation, Bruce Schneier, Ahmed Hassan, Spoofing, People Nearby


Telegram blocks ‘dozens’ of channels threatening violence

With many social networks suddenly reevaluating their policies in light of political violence in the U.S., the popular messaging app Telegram is implementing a crackdown of its own. Telegram confirmed to TechCrunch that it has removed “dozens” of public channels over the course of the last 24 hours after those accounts, some of which have thousands of followers. “Our Terms of Service expressly forbid public calls to violence,” Telegram spokesperson Mike Ravdonikas told TechCrunch. Asked if those...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Tech, Nazi, Telegram, Pavel Durov, Trump, Snyder, Parler, Mike Ravdonikas, Capitol Riot, U S Capitol Ravdonikas


Telegram blocks ‘dozens’ of hardcore hate channels threatening violence

With many social networks suddenly reevaluating their policies in light of recent political violence in the U.S., the popular messaging app Telegram is implementing a crackdown of its own. Telegram confirmed to TechCrunch that it has removed “dozens” of public channels over the course of the last 24 hours after those accounts, some of which boasted thousands of followers, issued calls for violent action. “Our Terms of Service expressly forbid public calls to violence,” Telegram spokesperson Mike...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Tech, Nazi, Telegram, Pavel Durov, Trump, Snyder, Maga, Proud Boys, Parler, Mike Ravdonikas, Capitol Riot


Signal downloads skyrocketed 4,200% after WhatsApp announced it would force users to share personal data with Facebook. It's top of both Google and Apple's app stores.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, which owns WhatsApp. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas WhatsApp informed users Wednesday that they would have to start sharing some personal data with its parent company, Facebook, starting February 8. Data indicates this helped drive a huge spike in downloads on the rival encrypted messaging app Signal, which on Wednesday topped Google and Apple's app stores. Signal saw 7.5 million downloads last week, a 4,200% increase on the previous week. Telegram, a similar app, sa...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, UK, Privacy, India, US, Trends, European Union, Whatsapp, Edward Snowden, Fox News, Biden


Signal is now top of both Google and Apple's app stores. Downloads skyrocketed 4,200% after WhatsApp announced it would force users to share personal data with Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, which owns WhatsApp. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas WhatsApp informed users Wednesday that they would have to start sharing some personal data with its parent company, Facebook, starting February 8. Data indicates this helped drive a huge spike in downloads on the rival encrypted messaging app Signal, which on Wednesday topped Google and Apple's app stores. Signal saw 7.5 million downloads last week, a 4,200% increase on the previous week. Telegram, a similar app, sa...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, UK, Privacy, India, US, Trends, European Union, Whatsapp, Edward Snowden, Fox News, Biden, Telegram


Signal’s Brian Acton talks about exploding growth, monetization and WhatsApp data-sharing outrage

Brian Acton is crossing paths again with Facebook. Over more than a decade of building and operating WhatsApp, the company’s co-founder first competed against and then sold his instant messaging app to the social juggernaut. Only a few years ago he parted ways with the company that made him a billionaire in a bitter split over messaging and privacy. Now Acton says the ongoing outrage over what Facebook has done to the messaging service he helped build is driving people to his latest project — Si...
Tags: Google Play Store, Social, Facebook, Apps, Tech, Whatsapp, Mozilla, App Store, Telegram, Signal, App Annie, Don, Acton, Wikimedia Foundation, US Capitol, Facebook Users


Telegram hits 500 million active users following backlash over WhatsApp's changing privacy policy

FILE PHOTO: The Telegram messaging app logo is seen on a website in Singapore. Thomas White/Reuters Reuters Telegram hit the 500 million active user milestone in the days following backlash over WhatsApp's changing privacy policy. The messaging app announced it had 25 million downloads in the last 72 hours. Competitor Signal has also seen a boost in users in the last several days. WhatsApp has since clarified its new policy to say the privacy of messages with friends and family will not be...
Tags: Facebook, News, Russia, Trends, Whatsapp, Dubai, Telegram, Signal, Data Sharing, Pavel Durov, Forbes, Tech Insider, Will Cathcart, Natasha Dailey, Singapore Thomas White Reuters Reuters Telegram, Competitor Signal


Telegram Adds 25 Million New Users In Just 72 Hours

According to founder and CEO Pavel Durov, Telegram gained 25 million new users in the last 72 hours as it smashed past the 500 million active monthly user mark. Android Police reports: For comparison, the app averaged around 1.5 million new users per day in 2020, which was impressive enough already. Durvov says that this is down to his company's simple privacy and security promise, above all else. The bulk of the new users are coming from Asia (38%), Europe (27%), and Latin America (21%), with...
Tags: Asia, Tech, Middle East, Telegram, Latin America, Pavel Durov, Mena, North Africa, Android Police, Durov, Durvov, Europe 27


Signal's downloads skyrocketed 4200% after WhatsApp announced it would force users to share personal data with Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, which owns Whatsapp. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas WhatsApp informed users Wednesday they would have to start sharing some personal data with Facebook, its parent company, from February 8. Data shows this led to a huge spike in downloads on rival encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram. Signal saw 7.5 million downloads last week, a 4200% increase on the previous week. Telegram saw 9 million downloads, a 91% increase. India was the biggest source of downloads fo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, UK, Privacy, India, US, Trends, Eu, Data, Whatsapp, Edward Snowden, Biden, Telegram, Signal


Signal's downloads skyrocketed 4,200% after WhatsApp announced it would force users to share personal data with Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, which owns WhatsApp. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas WhatsApp informed users Wednesday that they would have to start sharing some personal data with its parent company, Facebook, starting February 8. Data indicates this helped lead to a huge spike in downloads on the rival encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram. Signal saw 7.5 million downloads last week, a 4,200% increase on the previous week. Telegram saw 9 million downloads, a 91% increase. India was the bigg...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, UK, Privacy, India, US, Trends, European Union, Whatsapp, Edward Snowden, Biden, Telegram, Signal, Facebook WhatsApp, Sensor Tower


Don't Use Telegram's New 'People Nearby' Feature

Telegram’s new “People Nearby” feature shows a list of other nearby users and their approximate proximity to you, letting you create group chats based on geographic location. The feature is turned off by default and must be manually enabled by the user, but it’s an idiosyncratic addition for an app that markets itself…Read more...
Tags: Security, Messaging, Encryption, Location Tracking, Lifehacks, Telegram


WhatsApp is forcing users to share personal data with Facebook, and Elon Musk is urging people to switch to Signal, a smaller encrypted messaging app

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk. Joe Skipper/Reuters WhatsApp is changing its terms of service to force users to share personal data, including phone numbers and location, with its parent company Facebook. Some critics — including Tesla CEO Elon Musk — have suggested users move to encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram. A WhatsApp spokesperson told Ars Technica the change was to allow businesses to store WhatsApp chats using Facebook infrastructure. The messaging app sells itself as a priv...
Tags: Facebook, Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, Ars Technica, Whatsapp, Telegram, Signal, Musk, Jan Koum, Acton, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Facebook Some, Mike Butcher, US Capitol, Tech Insider


Telegram Feature Exposes Your Precise Address To Hackers

Telegram has no plans to fix a vulnerability that makes it easy for hackers to find your precise location. The problem stems from a feature called People Nearby, which is disabled by default, but allows users who are geographically close to you to connect. Ars Technica reports: Independent researcher Ahmed Hassan, however, has shown how the feature can be abused to divulge exactly where you are. Using readily available software and a rooted Android device, he's able to spoof the location his dev...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Telegram, Hassan, Ahmed Hassan, People Nearby


Daily Crunch: Telegram prepares to monetize

Telegram will introduce ads, TikTok’s parent company is moving into drug discovery and President Trump continues his battle against Section 230. This is your Daily Crunch for December 23, 2020. The big story: Telegram prepares to monetize Telegram founder Pavel Durov said the messaging app will introduce advertising next year on public one-to-many channels. Durov wrote on his Telegram channel the ad platform will be “one that is user-friendly, respects privacy and allows us to cover the co...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, US, Tech, SEC, Telegram, Pavel Durov, Alex Wilhelm, Trump, Republic Services, Nikola, NanoRacks, Durov, Daily Crunch, Sophie Alcorn


Oh Great, Telegram's Getting Ads

Telegram, the encrypted messaging app and longtime drug-dealer haven, is planning to monetize in 2021, founder Pavel Durov said on Wednesday.
Tags: Science, Privacy, Advertising, Bad Ideas, Telegram, Pavel Durov


Telegram to begin monetizing the app as it approaches 500 million users

Instant messaging app Telegram is “approaching” 500 million users and plans to start generating revenue starting next year to keep the business operational, its founder Pavel Durov said on Wednesday. Durov said he has personally bankrolled the seven-year-old business so far, but as the startup scales he is looking for ways to monetize the instant messaging service. The service, which topped 400 million active users in April this year, will introduce its own ad platform for public one-to-many ...
Tags: Social, Apps, Tech, Telegram, Pavel Durov, Durov


Telegram, nearing 500 million users, to begin monetizing the app

Instant messaging app Telegram is “approaching” 500 million users and plans to generate revenue starting next year to keep the business afloat, its founder Pavel Durov said on Wednesday. Durov said he has personally bankrolled the seven-year-old business so far, but as the startup scales he is looking for ways to monetize the instant messaging service. “A project of our size needs at least a few hundred million dollars per year to keep going,” he said. The service, which topped 400 million ac...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Tech, Whatsapp, Dubai, Telegram, Pavel Durov, Durov, Voice Chats


Telegram Beta Becomes First Third-Party App to Use Announce Messages With Siri

The latest beta of messaging app Telegram supports Apple's Announce Messages with Siri feature on AirPods, allowing users to listen and reply to new messages without an iPhone or iPad handy (via The 8-Bit). Announce Messages with ‌Siri‌ reads an incoming message to a user's headphones when they are connected to an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ and their device is locked. When a new message arrives, ‌Siri‌ plays a tone, announces the sender's name, and reads the message. There is then the option to reply...
Tags: Apple, Siri, Telegram, Siri zwnj, Announce Messages with Siri


For Better Privacy, Use These Apps Instead of WhatsApp’s New Disappearing Messages

WhatsApp’s long-awaited disappearing messages feature will roll out for all users soon, but you should make sure you’re comfortable with how the feature works before using it.Read more...
Tags: Security, Viber, Whatsapp, Lifehacks, Telegram, Signal


WhatsApp is testing self-deleting messages that vanish after 7 days

WhatsApp is getting ready to roll out a disappearing messages feature. Getty WhatsApp is testing a self-deleting message feature called "disappearing messages." The feature lets users choose for their messages to self-destruct seven days after being sent or received. A WhatsApp spokesperson told Business Insider the company hopes to roll out disappearing messages worldwide soon. Users will be able to toggle disappearing messages on or off for each individual conversation. Visit Business In...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Telegram, Signal, Pramila Jayapal, Snapchat Facebook, Tech Insider, Disappearing Messages, Isobel Asher Hamilton


Social media platforms should take all measures to not host child porn: Delhi High Court

It is necessary for social media platforms to take all effective measures so that child pornography is not hosted on their platforms, the Delhi High Court recently . This is a necessary condition for platforms to fulfil if they wish to receive safe harbour protections under India’s intermediary liability rules. The order came after a woman filed a plea seeking to remove her intimate pictures from platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, and Telegram, claiming they were taken when she was a minor, ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, UK, News, Instagram, Indonesia, Australia, Youtube, Mexico, Iraq, India, US, Social Media, Pakistan, Child Sexual Abuse


Bombay HC reportedly asks govt for information about AI bot that can generate fake nude pictures of women

The Bombay High Court has asked the government for information on a report about an AI bot which was used to convert images of underage and adult women into fake nude pictures, news agency PTI reported. The court cited an article by the Hindustan Times on this, which had reported on by a Dutch cybersecurity firm called Sensity. The report suggested that more than 104,000 women had been targeted using this AI-bot as of July 2020. A poll on the geographic location of over 7,200 of the bot’s user...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Microsoft, California, India, Artificial Intelligence, Telegram, Bombay, Hindustan Times, PTI, Singh, Bombay High Court, Sushant Singh Rajput, Kulkarni, Anil Singh


A huge fake-nude Telegram operation shows the big threat posed by deepfakes is revenge porn, not disinformation

Ruobing Su/Insider A huge network on messaging app Telegram has been providing members with deepfaked nude images of women using a bot, deepfake monitoring firm Sensity said in a report Tuesday. Users sent the bot a picture of a women they wanted to see naked, and the bot used deepfake technology to generate a fake nude image of that woman. Sensity's analysis showed a staggering number of women were targeted by the bot — more than 680,000, including some underage girls. This serves as gri...
Tags: Elon Musk, Instagram, Russia, Trends, Ussr, Privacy International, Jeff Bezos, Telegram, Revenge Porn, US Europe, Tech Insider, Deepfake, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Sensity, Rubong Su, Latin America Sensity