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20-year-old woman hangs self at boyfriend's house after argument over getting blocked by him on WhatsApp
India

20-year-old woman hangs self at boyfriend's house after argument over getting blocked by him on WhatsApp

The deceased and her 27-year-old boyfriend knew each other for the last six months, a police official informed

In a first, Madras High Court hears case through Whatsapp; 'emergency sitting' held in Nagercoil
India

In a first, Madras High Court hears case through Whatsapp; 'emergency sitting' held in Nagercoil

Justice GR Swaminathan took up the case following a submission of the hereditary trustee of Shri Abheeshta Varadaraja Swamy temple, that his village will face 'divine wrath' if the proposed 'Rath' festival was not held on Monday

WhatsApp bans 18.05 lakh Indian accounts in March, here's why
Tech

WhatsApp bans 18.05 lakh Indian accounts in March, here's why

In February 2022, Meta-owned messaging platform, WhatsApp, had banned 14.26 lakh Indian accounts

WhatsApp Pay gets approval to add 60 million UPI users: What this means for digital payments in India
News & Analysis

WhatsApp Pay gets approval to add 60 million UPI users: What this means for digital payments in India

Messaging service WhatsApp has received regulatory approval to add 60 million more users to its payment service in India

WhatsApp banned 14.26 lakh Indian accounts in February, says report
India

WhatsApp banned 14.26 lakh Indian accounts in February, says report

The accounts were banned on basis of complaints received from users via grievances channel and through its own mechanism to prevent and detect violations, according to its monthly report

Ukraine-Russia war: Moscow bans Instagram and Facebook as 'extremist', WhatsApp to stay
World

Ukraine-Russia war: Moscow bans Instagram and Facebook as 'extremist', WhatsApp to stay

This comes after Meta announcing on 10 March that the platforms would allow statements like 'death to Russian invaders' but not credible threats against civilians

Although Ukraine denied the easy victory Vladimir Putin hoped for, Russia’s military presses for reduced goals
World

Although Ukraine denied the easy victory Vladimir Putin hoped for, Russia’s military presses for reduced goals

Despite all the determination of Ukraine's people, all the losses among Russia's forces, and all the errors of Russia's leaders, there is no sign that the war will soon be over

Chat platforms like Telegram, WhatsApp avoid being blocked by Russia
World

Chat platforms like Telegram, WhatsApp avoid being blocked by Russia

Messaging apps have gotten a pass so far in part because Meta-owned WhatsApp is less suited for mass communication, while Telegram's ability to blast information to large groups has made it useful both for independent media and the Kremlin

No Siri, Alexa, smart devices in secret meetings: Government officials warned against tech threats
News & Analysis

No Siri, Alexa, smart devices in secret meetings: Government officials warned against tech threats

Top government sources said that the new communication sent to all ministries advises that during meetings where classified issues are to be discussed, officials keep their smartphones and smartwatches outside the room.

UP Polls: With ban on rallies, political parties gear up for virtual campaigning
Politics

UP Polls: With ban on rallies, political parties gear up for virtual campaigning

While the BJP already has a good presence on social media platforms, the Samajwadi Party and others are putting in efforts to strengthen their digital army and chalking out strategies to boost their support base

BJP MLA Hiran Chatterjee quits party WhatsApp groups, says no plans to quit saffron camp
Politics

BJP MLA Hiran Chatterjee quits party WhatsApp groups, says no plans to quit saffron camp

This comes after Union minister Shantanu Thakur quit all WhatsApp groups of BJP's state unit on Sunday alleging under representation of the backward Matua community

WhatsApp banned over 1.75 million Indian accounts in Nov 2021: Compliance report
India

WhatsApp banned over 1.75 million Indian accounts in Nov 2021: Compliance report

During this period, 36 accounts were 'actioned' — reports where it took remedial action — under the ban appeal category based on the reports received

Digital shopping on JioMart via WhatsApp is easy to use, stress-free: Isha and Akash Ambani
India

Digital shopping on JioMart via WhatsApp is easy to use, stress-free: Isha and Akash Ambani

In a conversation with Meta Chief Business Officer Marne Levine, Akash and Isha Ambani, Directors, Jio Platforms, share how JioMart’s experience through WhatsApp is ‘conversational' and what lies ahead for retailers in India's e-commerce journey

You can now create your own stickers on WhatsApp: Here’s how to use it on the Web version of the app
News & Analysis

You can now create your own stickers on WhatsApp: Here’s how to use it on the Web version of the app

The custom sticker creation feature is rolling out for WhatsApp Web currently, and will be shipped to the WhatsApp Desktop app in the coming weeks.

WhatsApp could soon let users create their own stickers, new feature expected on Android first
News & Analysis

WhatsApp could soon let users create their own stickers, new feature expected on Android first

Users of WhatsApp may also get an option to upload any picture of their choice and create a sticker out of it; effects to make them funnier also on the cards.

WhatsApp working on two vital new features for Android and iOS users: Check out the incoming additions
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WhatsApp working on two vital new features for Android and iOS users: Check out the incoming additions

Both the new features are currently in beta testing stage and will be rolled out in a future build of WhatsApp, according to WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo.

WhatsApp introduces three additional features for WhatsApp Web: Take a look at what's new
News & Analysis

WhatsApp introduces three additional features for WhatsApp Web: Take a look at what's new

The social media company took to Twitter to announce new features included on the web version of WhatsApp such as the photo editor, preview links and sticker suggestions.

Facebook renames itself Meta, rebranding one of the world's most recognisable brands
News & Analysis

Facebook renames itself Meta, rebranding one of the world's most recognisable brands

The move punctuates how CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to refocus his Silicon Valley company on what he sees as the next digital frontier, which is the unification of disparate digital worlds into something called the metaverse.

What end-to-end encryption is and how WhatsApp chats get leaked
India

What end-to-end encryption is and how WhatsApp chats get leaked

There are backdoors and hacks that allow people other than the sender and the recipient to access WhatsApp messages. Here’s what you need to know.

Centre defends IT rule requiring WhatsApp to trace originator of message in Delhi HC
India

Centre defends IT rule requiring WhatsApp to trace originator of message in Delhi HC

The Centre said the law empowers it to expect such platforms to create a safe cyberspace and counter illegal content either themselves or by assisting the law enforcement agencies