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WhatsApp to go ahead with new privacy policy, says it has conveyed commitment to protect privacy to govt
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WhatsApp to go ahead with new privacy policy, says it has conveyed commitment to protect privacy to govt

Last month, the messaging app had faced questions from the Centre about its updated privacy policy, under which it could share limited user data with Facebook and its group firms

WhatsApp shares updated plans for how it will ask users to review its new privacy policy
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WhatsApp shares updated plans for how it will ask users to review its new privacy policy

WhatsApp says that, similar to Snapchat, it will use its Status feature to share updates directly within the platform.

Indian government launches Sandes, a WhatsApp-like instant messaging app for government employees
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Indian government launches Sandes, a WhatsApp-like instant messaging app for government employees

Just like WhatsApp, Sandes app allows users to share images, videos, create groups on the app.

Facebook took down 26.9 million pieces of hate speech content in the December 2020 quarter
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Facebook took down 26.9 million pieces of hate speech content in the December 2020 quarter

Facebook says hate speech content on its platforms declined to 7-8 views for every 10,000 content views globally.

App-ology: 10 apps masquerading as genuine alternatives to crowd-favourite apps
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App-ology: 10 apps masquerading as genuine alternatives to crowd-favourite apps

The idea of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ has caused a spike in the number of made-in-India apps that are nothing but a copy of the originals, which have either been developed or are based overseas.

SC issues notice to WhatsApp, Facebook, says 'people value their privacy more than money'
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SC issues notice to WhatsApp, Facebook, says 'people value their privacy more than money'

People have grave apprehensions that they will lose their privacy and it is our duty to protect them, the top court said.

Facebook is building a smartwatch with health features to take on the Apple Watch
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Facebook is building a smartwatch with health features to take on the Apple Watch

With the new smartwatch, the company will join its growing hardware ecosystem that includes virtual reality headsets, an upcoming augmented reality (AR) smart glasses, and video-calling devices.

WhatsApp is working on a 'mention badge' feature for group chats: Report
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WhatsApp is working on a 'mention badge' feature for group chats: Report

The feature will be useful during group chats and if rolled out, the new mention badge could be used to tag people in a group.

Telegram becomes the most downloaded app globally in January 2021, followed by TikTok
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Telegram becomes the most downloaded app globally in January 2021, followed by TikTok

India reported the largest number of Telegram app downloads resulting in 24 percent of the total downloads.

Fake WhatsApp iOS app linked to an Italian surveillance company was being used to target specific users: Report
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Fake WhatsApp iOS app linked to an Italian surveillance company was being used to target specific users: Report

The report also added that the hackers did not mean to spread it around, instead, it was targeted at specific users only.

Kurukshetra University undergraduate exams postponed as Haryana govt suspends internet services in state
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Kurukshetra University undergraduate exams postponed as Haryana govt suspends internet services in state

Earlier as well, the Kurukshetra University had postponed graduation and post-graduation examinations till February due to COVID-19 pandemic

Majority of Whatsapp users said they will not use payment features, business chat if app shares info with Facebook, third parties: Survey
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Majority of Whatsapp users said they will not use payment features, business chat if app shares info with Facebook, third parties: Survey

The survey found that five per cent users have deleted the app, while 22 per cent claimed to have reduced using the mobile messaging platform.

WhatsApp will now ask users for a biometric scan before they can link their account to the desktop app
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WhatsApp will now ask users for a biometric scan before they can link their account to the desktop app

WhatsApp has added an additional layer of security for linking an account to the desktop app.

WhatsApp is treating Indian users differently from Europeans in terms of updated privacy policy: Centre to Delhi HC
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WhatsApp is treating Indian users differently from Europeans in terms of updated privacy policy: Centre to Delhi HC

The petition, by a lawyer, has contended that the updated privacy policy violates users' right to privacy under the Constitution.

WhatsApp row: How messaging app's new privacy policy impacts legal rights of Indian citizens
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WhatsApp row: How messaging app's new privacy policy impacts legal rights of Indian citizens

With the data collected from WhatsApp, Facebook Inc may establish a monopoly in digital marketing leading to justified concerns from anti-trust activists

Sharing official secrets with journalists criminal act, says Rahul Gandhi on purported Arnab Goswami chats
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Sharing official secrets with journalists criminal act, says Rahul Gandhi on purported Arnab Goswami chats

Gandhi was referring to allegations that the 'leaked' chats showed Goswami was reportedly privy to the Balakot air strikes beforehand

Centre asks WhatsApp to withdraw changes to privacy policy, says it is discriminatory towards Indians
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Centre asks WhatsApp to withdraw changes to privacy policy, says it is discriminatory towards Indians

In a letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, the government said the proposed new changes raise 'grave concerns' about the 'choice and autonomy of Indian citizens'

Hike messaging app pulled down from Google Play Store and Apple App Store
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Hike messaging app pulled down from Google Play Store and Apple App Store

Hike official said that global companies like Telegram, Signal were too strong and unless India bans foreign firms, it is difficult for homegrown apps.

'Don't join WhatsApp, it’s voluntary': Delhi HC tells petitioner challenging platform's new privacy policy
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'Don't join WhatsApp, it’s voluntary': Delhi HC tells petitioner challenging platform's new privacy policy

The court also said that if the terms and conditions of most mobile apps are read, 'you would be surprised as to what all you are consenting to'. It adjourned the hearing to 25 January

WhatsApp delays new privacy policy by three months amid backlash over data sharing with Facebook
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WhatsApp delays new privacy policy by three months amid backlash over data sharing with Facebook

WhatsApp now says it is now going to use the three-month delay to better communicate both the changes in its new policy and its long-standing privacy practices