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WhatsApp Clarifies It's Not Giving All Your Data To Facebook

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: WhatsApp has published a new FAQ page to its website outlining its stances on user privacy in response to widespread backlash over an upcoming privacy policy update. The core issue relates to WhatsApp's data-sharing procedures with Facebook, with many users concerned an updated privacy policy going into effect on February 8th will mandate sharing of sensitive profile information with WhatsApp's parent company. That isn't true -- the update has ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Eu, Signal, Facebook It, Facebook We, Bosworth, Cathcart, Andrew Boz Bosworth, Adam Mosseri, Will Cathcart, Facebook AR VR


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


WhatsApp is now delivering roughly 100 billion messages a day

WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging app owned by Facebook, is now delivering roughly 100 billion messages a day, the company’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said at the quarterly earnings call Thursday. For some perspective, users exchanged 100 billion messages on WhatsApp last New Year’s Eve. That is the day when WhatsApp tops its engagement figures, and as many of you may remember, also the time when the service customarily suffered glitches in the past years. (No outage on last Ne...
Tags: Apple, Social, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, Imessage, India, Tech, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Tim Cook, Brazil, Facetime, Jan Koum, Cathcart


‘We want backdoors to E2E encrypted platforms for law enforcement’: India, Japan, Five Eyes to companies

India, along with the Five Eyes intelligence alliance and Japan, wants companies to build backdoors to end-to-end encrypted platforms for access to law enforcement agencies, according to an signed by the seven countries. They have argued that end-to-end encryption poses “significant challenges to public safety”, especially to the safety of “highly vulnerable members” of society like sexually exploited children. The Five Eyes alliance comprises of USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Wha...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Japan, Usa, UK, News, Privacy, Australia, India, US, Eu, European Union, Whatsapp, Surveillance, Encryption


Now, EU is considering backdoors for end-to-end encryption: Report

After India, USA, United Kingdom and Australia, it appears that end-to-end encryption is under threat from the European Union. The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, is contemplating ways to give law enforcement agencies access to end-to-end encrypted communications so that they can crack down on child abuse networks and other organised crimes, the Financial Times reported citing an internal, “need to know” note from the Commission. “The objective here is to enable the intelligence ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, Australia, India, US, Eu, European Union, Whatsapp, Encryption, End-to-end Encryption


The future of digital communication and privacy | Will Cathcart

People send 100 billion WhatsApp messages every day -- and they're all encrypted to protect them from potentially curious entities like companies, governments and even WhatsApp itself. With our increased reliance on digital communication tools during the COVID-19 pandemic, our fundamental right to privacy is more important than ever, says Will Cathcart, head of WhatsApp. He describes the tech and protocols the company built to prevent encryption services from being misused to spread disinformati...
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Big Tech decry Republican bill seeking to break encryption

In response to the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data (LAED) Act proposed by three Republican senators, Big Tech companies have registered their opposition through their Reform Government Surveillance coalition. They said that building encryption backdoors would jeopardize the sensitive data of billions of users and “leave all Americans, businesses, and government agencies dangerously exposed to cyber threats from criminals and foreign adversaries”. They also pointed out that as the pandemic has fo...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Facebook, UK, News, Microsoft, Privacy, Australia, Washington Post, US, Cybersecurity, Whatsapp, Encryption, End-to-end Encryption, Fbi, United States


One of Mark Zuckerberg's key lieutenants is returning to Facebook, shaking up the company at a pivotal time

Former top Facebook executive Chris Cox is rejoining the company as chief product officer, a year after leaving. His rejoining means a shake-up at the company's upper ranks, with multiple top executives now reporting to him instead of Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook has faced an employee revolt in recent weeks, and the return of the well-liked executive may help to quell it. Cox has also been openly critical of Donald Trump, and his rehiring may intensify conservative criticisms of the social networ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Signal, Zuckerberg, Trump, Mark, Cox, Chris Cox, Rob Price, Mark Zuckerberg Facebook, Adam Mosseri


WhatsApp unveils $1M grant, info hub to fight coronavirus rumors

WhatsApp has long grappled with its platform being used to spread misinformation. In the latest move, today it announced two initiatives to fight specifically against fake news and other misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Facebook -owned instant messaging service announced the WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub — in partnership with the WHO, UNICEF, and UNDP — to offer simple, actionable guidance, general tips and resources for users around the world to be better informe...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Apps, Tech, Whatsapp, Who, Unicef, UNDP, Zuckerberg Facebook, CDC Foundation, Poynter Institute, WHO UNICEF, IFCN, Will Cathcart, COVID, Solidarity Response Fund


WhatsApp seized on US allegations against Huawei to defend encryption against the government's demands for backdoors

Earlier this week US officials accused Chinese tech giant Huawei of spying for the Chinese government by using telecoms backdoors designed for use by law enforcement. WhatsApp seized on the story as an example of why it shouldn't build backdoors in its encrypted messaging for law enforcement. WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook have been fighting off US government demands to build methods for law enforcement to infiltrate encrypted messaging. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more sto...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, China, US, Trends, Fbi, Louisiana, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Business Insider, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Trump, Cathcart, Will Cathcart


‘We won’t build a backdoor to end-to-end encryption,’ WhatsApp, Facebook to UK, USA, Australia

Two months after the British, American and Australian governments wrote an open letter to Facebook asking it to not implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging platforms or build a backdoor to it for law enforcement agencies, Facebook and WhatsApp have replied (available below) and refused to do either. The letter was sent by Will Cathcart, […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Usa, UK, News, Australia, Whatsapp, End-to-end Encryption, WhatsApp Facebook, UK USA Australia, Will Cathcart


16 Facebook employees leading Mark Zuckerberg's mission to rebuild the social network and reverse its troubles in the massive 'pivot to privacy' (FB)

The future, according to Mark Zuckerberg, is private. Reeling from two years of bruising scandals, Facebook has begun a major initiative to overhaul the social network so that it's more attuned to the privacy and security implications of a service used by more than 2 billion people.  As part of this so-called pivot to privacy, Zuckerberg described the future Facebook as being divided between a public "town square" — essentially the familiar public posts on the Facebook Newsfeed today — and a pr...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Microsoft, Obama, Ebay, Trends, Linkedin, European Union, Paypal, David Marcus, Vodafone, Eff, University Of Maryland, General Catalyst, Libra


Facebook’s new branding distinguishes app from acquisitions

Facebook wants more people to know it owns Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus while still maintaining an identity for its main app. So today Facebook launched a new capitalization and typography format for its company name, using all capital letters and a shifting color scheme that highlights Instagram’s purple gradient and WhatsApp’s green tint. “Over the coming weeks, we will start using the new brand within our products and marketing materials, including a new company website” Facebook writes. ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Zuckerberg, Facebook Messenger WhatsApp, Adam Mosseri, Instagram WhatsApp, Will Cathcart, Facebook Given Facebook


WhatsApp sues Israeli spyware company NSO Group for planting spyware in users’ devices

WhatsApp is suing Israeli spyware developer NSO Group for exploiting a since-then fixed vulnerability in WhatsApp that allowed attackers to plant spyware in users’ phones just by ringing their target’s device. WhatsApp filed a lawsuit in Northern District of California on October 29 (read it here), and Will Cathcart, the head of WhatsApp announced the […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Whatsapp, Spyware, Northern District of California, NSO Group, Will Cathcart


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. WhatsApp is suing NSO Group after investigating an attack that sent malware to 1,400 devices and targeted over 100 human rights defenders and journalists. WhatsApp head Will Cathcart penned an op-ed in The Washington Post explaining the reasons for WhatsApp's decision. Huawei snarled back at US attempts to freeze it out of $8.5 billion in mobile subsidies. The US appears to be stepping up its attempts to weaken Huawei's prese...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Hong Kong, Hbo, Fcc, Washington Post, Russia, US, San Francisco, Trends, BBC News, Cnn, New York Times, Huawei


Facebook News Feed Dies, What Marketers MUST Know

The Facebook News Feed is dead. It’s official. Gone. Extinct. Poof. Nada. Oblivion. In this article, I’ll tell you why I’m making this assertion, the conspiratorial events leading up to the death of the News Feed, what it all means for the future of Facebook marketing, and four solid takeaways that will superpower your marketing in a post-News Feed era. After reading this article, you’ll be light-years ahead of most marketers. You’ll learn the unicorn moves in the brave new world of Facebook Me...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Sales, Social Media, United States, Facebook Messenger, Javier Olivan, New Zealand, Fast Company, Coca Cola, Facebook News Feed, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Don, Cox, Menlo Park


Chris Cox, a key Facebook exec and lieutenant of Mark Zuckerberg, is leaving the company amid huge reshuffle (FB)

Key Facebook exec Chris Cox is leaving. It's the biggest executive departure in years, and comes amid a broader reshuffle in the leadership team at Facebook. Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, is also out. There's a massive shakeup in the leadership of Facebook underway. On Thursday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Chris Cox — a longtime Facebook executive who most recently served as chief product officer — is leaving the company, in what is the most significant departure at the embattle...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Will, Signal, Chris, Zuckerberg, Samsung Galaxy, Cox, Daniels, Chris Cox, Cathcart, Sheryl, Javi, Chris Daniels, Fidji Simo


Chris Cox, a key Facebook exec and lieutenant of Mark Zuckerberg, is leaving the company amid a huge reshuffle (FB)

The key Facebook exec Chris Cox is leaving. It's the biggest executive departure in years and comes amid a broader reshuffle in the leadership team at Facebook. Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, is also out. There's a massive shakeup in the leadership of Facebook underway. On Thursday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Chris Cox — a longtime Facebook executive who most recently served as chief product officer — is leaving the company in what is the most significant departure at the embatt...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Will, Signal, Chris, Zuckerberg, Cox, Daniels, Chris Cox, Cathcart, Sheryl, Javi, Chris Daniels, Fidji Simo


2 top Facebook execs, including 13-year veteran Chris Cox, exit company

Facebook says two of its top executives are leaving the company. Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, who heads messaging app WhatsApp, are departing. It isn’t clear what future plans the executives have. Cox was in charge of Facebook’s apps including its flagship social media site, as well as Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. He joined 13 years ago and helped create Facebook’s News Feed feature. “It is with great sadness I share with you that after thirteen years, I’ve decided to...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Sport, Soccer, Cox, Chris Cox, Chris Daniels, Will Cathcart, Cox Longtime Facebook


Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox & WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels are leaving

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook's chief product officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp vice president Chris Daniels are leaving the company. This news comes on the day after a massive outage hit WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram all at the same time. As news of the executives' departures hit the internet, Facebook's apps are just now again becoming operational. Gosh. Wonder if the two events are connected. Mark Zuckerberg's note, in full: A Note From Mark Zuckerberg Today Mark ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, News, Will, Chris, Zuckerberg, Cox, Chris Cox, Cathcart, Javi, Chris Daniels, Nicholas Thompson, Picks, Fidji Simo, Antonio Lucio


Facebook loses CPO Chris Cox and WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels

13-year Facebook veteran, Chief Product Officer, and the spirit animal of the social network Chris Cox is departing the company after two years of seeking to do something new. Cox’s exit is part of a big executive reshuffle as Facebook embarks on prioritizing privacy through messaging, groups, Stories, and integration of its chat features. CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained the departure of his long-time friend, saying “For a few years, Chris has been discussing with me his desire to do something els...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Javier Olivan, Will, Sheryl Sandberg, Chris, Zuckerberg, Mark, Cox, Daniels, Chris Cox, Facebook Post, Cathcart


Facebook's reorganization is little more than chair-shuffling — and a missed opportunity for Mark Zuckerberg and company (FB)

Dogged by a series of controversies and facing potential regulations, Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg could use some help getting ahead of the company's problems. The company unveiled a reorganization Tuesday that could have been an opportunity for Zuckerberg to shake things up and bring in new blood. Instead, he's just shuffling around current executives and empowering long-serving lieutenants — changes that are unlikely to help the company rethink how it interacts with society. It's pret...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Instagram, Congress, US, Trends, David Marcus, Javier Olivan, Myanmar, Rohingya, Jeff Bezos, North America, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg