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Instagram 'unintentionally' hid likes for more people today

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In the long-forgotten time of 2019, Instagram announced the start of a test to hide Like counts users usually see on everyone else's posts. Over the last year of the COVID pandemic that test has still been going on, but without much update or expansion. Then today, many Instagram users in the US got the above notification saying they wouldn't see Like counts anymore, but without any official announcement. Instagram told Engadget that today's expansion was a bug, explaining in a tweet that "We unintentionally added more people to the test today." So if you got the message and change today, expect to see it roll back to normal soon.

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Monday, March 01


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Instagram Expands Live Video to Meet Covid Demand for Content

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Instagram Expands Live Video to Meet Covid Demand for Content. (Bloomberg) -- Instagram is expanding its real-time broadcast service to allow creators greater freedom to collaborate on videos. Facebook Inc., Instagram’s parent, debuted a new feature on Monday called Live Rooms, which will allow as many as four people to broadcast simultaneously. Instagram is hoping creators will take advantage of the new feature to stream podcasts, talk shows, concerts and other content at a time when the pandemic is sending more users to the platform for at-home entertainment. For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com.

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Thursday, February 25


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Facebook and Instagram 'down for THOUSANDS of users' in mystery outage

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FACEBOOK Messenger and Instagram appear to have stopped working for thousands of users. Online outage tracker Down Detector has logged huge numbers of reports saying the apps aren't working. On Facebook Messenger, users are reporting issues with receiving messages. And they're also complaining about being unable to log in. Another said: "First it's Messenger down now it's Instagram down with their DMs." And one shared an exasperated GIF with the message: "Me realising both social medias are down."

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Friday, February 19


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WhatsApp to move ahead with privacy update despite backlash

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Feb 18 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's WhatsApp said onThursday it will go ahead with its controversial privacy policyupdate but will allow users to read it at "their own pace" andwill also display a banner providing additional information. The messaging platform laid out fresh terms in January,aimed at increasing business transactions on the platform. The policy update would allow owner Facebook and itssubsidiaries collect user data, including their phone number andlocation, which sparked a global outcry and a rush of new usersto competitors Telegram and Signal, among others. WhatsApp then moved to delay the new policy launch to Mayfrom February and sought to clarify the update was focused onallowing users to message with businesses and would not affectpersonal conversations, which will continue to have end-to-endencryption. In its latest blog post, WhatsApp said it will startreminding users to review and accept updates to keep using themessaging platform.

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Wednesday, February 17


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Behavox Integrates WhatsApp and WeChat Data Into Compliance Platform With TeleMessage Partnership

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Behavox Addresses Growth of Mobile Instant Messaging (IM) Tools in the Corporate Workplace With Expanded Coverage of Non-Corporate Global Communications Platforms to Help Customers Comply With Financial Compliance Regulations and Avoid Reputational Damage. "Our partnership with TeleMessage greatly reinforces the capture coverage of the Behavox Compliance solution, allowing our customers to ingest and supervise WhatsApp and WeChat messages, attachments, and calls in near real-time. For our business, the capture of WhatsApp and WeChat data is an important milestone bringing us one step closer in our mission of organizing all the enterprise data in the world and making it useful for our clients." "We’re thrilled to partner with Behavox to provide customers with reliable and secure compliance offerings between TeleMessage and Behavox's risk and compliance platform, enabling customers to effectively fulfill their regulatory electronic communications and voice supervision requirements." Behavox and TeleMessage's technology teams will work together across multiple R&D areas to provide effective and reliable infrastructure developments in the future. As threats come from different places and speak different languages, Behavox's enterprise-class solution covers 10 languages and more than 150 data types, more than any other competitor.

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Wednesday, February 10


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Instagram vow to ban accounts following racist abuse aimed at footballers

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The move comes following a surge of racist abuse directed at footballers including Manchester United players Axel Tuanzebe, Marcus Rashford and Lauren James, James' brother Reece James and his Chelsea team-mate Antonio Rudiger. Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright received racially abusive messages on Instagram from a man in Kerry, and in a statement released on Tuesday, the company said it will start to close accounts found to have sent abusive messages. "We'll also disable new accounts created to get around our messaging restrictions, and will continue to disable accounts we find that are created purely to send abusive messages." "We condemn the racist abuse that too many players, officials and supporters continue to encounter, most recently on social media platforms," read the statement. "Our rules against hate speech don't tolerate attacks on people based on their protected characteristics, including race or religion. "We strengthened these rules last year, banning more implicit forms of hate speech, like content depicting Blackface and common antisemitic tropes. "We take action whenever we become aware of hate speech, and we're continuously improving our detection tools so we can find it faster.

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Thursday, January 28


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Telegram makes it easier to import your WhatsApp chat history

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Telegram makes it easier to import your WhatsApp chat history. Telegram is still dealing with a influx of WhatsApp users upset over a new privacy policy, and it’s making sure those converts will feel more at home. WABetaInfo has noticed that the latest version of Telegram for iOS (Android users had to wait as of this writing — see update below) adds a tool to import your chat history from rival messaging apps, including WhatsApp as well as Line and KakaoTalk. The addition comes just a couple of weeks after WhatsApp unveiled a surprise policy change that let the service share info with parent company Facebook. WhatsApp rushed to reassure users that Facebook wouldn’t read their messages, but by that point the damage was already done.

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WhatsApp adds biometric authentication for logging in on desktop

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To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. WhatsApp adds biometric authentication for logging in on desktop. Linking your WhatsApp account to your computer’s web browser or desktop app is getting a little more secure. Soon, if you’ve got biometric authentication enabled on your phone, you’ll have to unlock the app before you can link your account. Rather, it’s just using the same biometric data APIs every other app does in order to access the on-device security system as an extra measure of authentication before it allows users to connect their accounts. So in the same way that using a fingerprint reader to log in to your banking app doesn’t grant Chase or Bank of America your fingerprint scans, using the new biometric unlock system here to link your account to your computer isn’t giving WhatsApp (or Facebook) your personal information either. WhatsApp says that the new update should be rolling out for compatible devices in the coming weeks.Back to top ↑.

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WhatsApp adds biometric authentication to its web and desktop versions

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{{day}} {{monthName}} {{year}}, {{hour12}}:{{minuteTwoDigit}} {{dayPeriod}}. WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned popular messaging app with more than 2 billion users, has been getting a lot of heat and losing users in recent weeks after announcing (and then delaying) changes to how it uses your data. The feature is coming on the heels of what WhatsApp is describing as a "visual refresh" of the WhatsApp web page on the Android and iOS apps for linking and managing devices connected to your account. The QR code doesn't go away; this is a second step users will need to take, similar to how you can choose to implement two steps of authentication on a handset to use the WhatsApp mobile app today. WhatsApp says that on iPhone, it will work with all devices operating iOS 14 and above with Touch ID or Face ID, while on Android, it will work on any device compatible with Biometric Authentication (Face Unlock, Fingerprint Unlock or Iris Unlock). All that means there will likely be a lot of people who will doubt what Facebook's intentions are here, too. WhatsApp is pretty clear in outlining that it's not able to access the biometric information that you will be storing in your device, and that it is using the same standard biometric authentication APIs that other secure apps, like banking apps, use. But the banking app parallel is notable here, and maybe one worth thinking about more.

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Tuesday, January 19


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India asks WhatsApp to withdraw changes to privacy policy

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New Delhi, Jan 19 (PTI) The Indian government has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the recent changes in the privacy policy of the messaging app, saying unilateral changes are not fair and acceptable. In a strongly worded letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said India is home to the largest user base of WhatsApp globally and is one the biggest markets for its services. The proposed changes to the WhatsApp Terms of Service and Privacy Policy "raise grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens," it wrote. Stating that Indians should be properly respected, it said, "any unilateral changes to the WhatsApp Terms of Service and Privacy would not be fair and acceptable."

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