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  • How a women-led WhatsApp group grew to become a Covid support network for hundreds of families Jun 19, 2021 02:24 PM IST

    How a women-led WhatsApp group grew to become a Covid support network for hundreds of families

    Natasha Kochhar started community WhatsApp groups to fill a void she felt in a new city after marriage. They ended up supporting hundreds of Delhi residents during Covid.

  • Facebook, WhatsApp list law firm's address for grievance redressal Jun 18, 2021 06:38 PM IST

    Facebook, WhatsApp list law firm's address for grievance redressal

    The microblogging platform Twitter has come under fire for listing a partner at a law firm, Dharmendra Chatur, as the interim government officer.

  • Here are the WhatsApp features that are launching in 2021 Jun 17, 2021 12:24 PM IST

    Here are the WhatsApp features that are launching in 2021

    In chat with WABetainfo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the chat platform is working making a 'disappearing chats' options for all conversations by default.

  • Koo, Chingari compliant with new IT rules, foreign platforms yet to appoint compliance & nodal officers Jun 08, 2021 05:41 PM IST

    Koo, Chingari compliant with new IT rules, foreign platforms yet to appoint compliance & nodal officers

    Apart from messaging platform WhatsApp, and Indian platforms such as ShareChat, Koo and Chingari, however, there is no word yet on the appointment of chief compliance officer and nodal officer for Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter.

  • WhatsApp will get multi-device support in the coming months Jun 04, 2021 01:50 PM IST

    WhatsApp will get multi-device support in the coming months

    WhatsApp has said it will allow users to access the service from up to four linked devices

  • Scams, memes and crazy money: Inside India’s buzzing crypto WhatsApp groups Jun 04, 2021 12:54 PM IST

    Scams, memes and crazy money: Inside India’s buzzing crypto WhatsApp groups

    Several WhatsApp groups focussed on crypto have sprouted in the recent weeks, reflecting the wild popularity of digital currencies. What happens inside these groups? We return with fascinating details.

  • WhatsApp changes stance on persistent reminders about new policy update Jun 03, 2021 02:31 PM IST

    WhatsApp changes stance on persistent reminders about new policy update

    The Centre in a petition to the Delhi High Court on June 3 said that WhatsApp is spamming users with notifications to try and coerce them into accepting the new policies and transfer the existing user base before the Personal Data Protection (PDP) bill comes into effect.

  • WhatsApp announces updates to its Business API; adds more features for medium, large businesses Jun 03, 2021 02:13 PM IST

    WhatsApp announces updates to its Business API; adds more features for medium, large businesses

    Facebook to allow for more meaningful interaction between businesses and customers with new updates to API.

  • WhatsApp's new policies anti-user, Centre tells Delhi High Court Jun 03, 2021 11:22 AM IST

    WhatsApp's new policies anti-user, Centre tells Delhi High Court

    A fresh affidavit filed by the Centre in Delhi High Court calls WhatsApp new privacy policies anti-user.

  • An IIT-M professor says WhatsApp can trace messages without breaking encryption. Can it work? Jun 01, 2021 03:19 PM IST

    An IIT-M professor says WhatsApp can trace messages without breaking encryption. Can it work?

    Kamakoti has proposed two solutions to enable traceability; one, everyone gets the WhatsApp forward along with the originator of information with end-to-end encryption intact, and two, the originator of information is encrypted, to which only WhatsApp holds the key, on top of the end-to-end encryption.

  • WhatsApp appoints Paresh B Lal as grievance officer for India Jun 01, 2021 11:44 AM IST

    WhatsApp appoints Paresh B Lal as grievance officer for India

    Large digital companies like Google have begun updating their websites to reflect the appointment of grievance officers as per the new social media rules.

  • New Delhi’s battle with WhatsApp mirrors high-stakes global battle over encryption May 29, 2021 09:00 AM IST

    New Delhi’s battle with WhatsApp mirrors high-stakes global battle over encryption

    The debate over end-to-end encryption isn’t just about crime: It rests on the belief that there is a tech-fix for social behaviours like inflammatory rumour or pornography. The advocates of these ideas should think again.

  • After social media apps like Facebook and Twitter, govt looking to regulate calling apps such as Skype, Facebook Messenger May 28, 2021 09:47 AM IST

    After social media apps like Facebook and Twitter, govt looking to regulate calling apps such as Skype, Facebook Messenger

    The DoT's plan comes at a time when when the government is in a tussle with Facebook-owned WhatsApp and social media platforms.

  • WhatsApp vs The Indian Government: All you need to know about the new IT rules May 27, 2021 06:28 PM IST

    WhatsApp vs The Indian Government: All you need to know about the new IT rules

    WhatsApp has taken the Indian Government to court stating that the new rules will require it to break its end-to-end encryption

  • New rules designed to prevent misuse of social media; WhatsApp users have nothing to fear: Ravi Shankar Prasad May 27, 2021 12:36 PM IST

    New rules designed to prevent misuse of social media; WhatsApp users have nothing to fear: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    "The rules only empower the ordinary users of social media when they become victims of abuse and misuse," Prasad posted on micro-blogging platform Koo, and also tweeted.

  • New IT rules | Govt dismisses WhatsApp's justification for evading norms, reiterates commitment to protect privacy May 26, 2021 06:37 PM IST

    New IT rules | Govt dismisses WhatsApp's justification for evading norms, reiterates commitment to protect privacy

    The Centre has said the said guidelines shall be passed only for the purposes of prevention, investigation, and punishment.

  • New Social Media Rules: Here’s what Facebook, WhatsApp have to say about compliance May 26, 2021 12:05 PM IST

    New Social Media Rules: Here’s what Facebook, WhatsApp have to say about compliance

    WhatsApp has pleaded before the Delhi High Court to declare one of the new rules a violation of privacy rights as it requires social media companies to identify the first originator of information when authorities demand it.

  • WhatsApp sues Indian govt, says new IT rules will end privacy May 26, 2021 08:35 AM IST

    WhatsApp sues Indian govt, says new IT rules will end privacy

    WhatsApp: The lawsuit, described to Reuters by people familiar with it, asks the Delhi High Court to declare that one of the new rules is a violation of privacy rights in India's constitution since it requires social media companies to identify the "first originator of information" when authorities demand it.

  • Twitter, Facebook getting banned in India from today? Here's all you need to know May 25, 2021 09:52 PM IST

    Twitter, Facebook getting banned in India from today? Here's all you need to know

    The rules will be effective from May 26, despite these companies seeking a total six-month delay in their implementation.

  • WhatsApp's privacy update reminders in 10 Indian languages: Here's how to enable view May 25, 2021 07:29 PM IST

    WhatsApp's privacy update reminders in 10 Indian languages: Here's how to enable view

    Users should have opted for one of the regional languages as default in their smartphone instead of English for them to view privacy reminders in regional language. This includes are Hindi, Bangla, Punjabi, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada and Malayalam, apart from English.

  • WhatsApp adamant about new user policy but won't limit user functionality May 25, 2021 11:55 AM IST

    WhatsApp adamant about new user policy but won't limit user functionality

    WhatsApp has met the Indian government halfway and said it won't limit user functionality until the new Personal Data Protection laws comes into effect

  • Personal Data Protection Bill: New WhatsApp Privacy policy case is reminder that India needs to enact the law May 25, 2021 11:26 AM IST

    Personal Data Protection Bill: New WhatsApp Privacy policy case is reminder that India needs to enact the law

    Until the Personal Data Protection (PDP) law is introduced, WhatsApp will not make any changes to its new privacy policy.

  • WhatsApp could soon allow users to migrate chat history to another number May 22, 2021 06:27 PM IST

    WhatsApp could soon allow users to migrate chat history to another number

    WhatsApp will soon let you migrate chat history to another phone number

  • WhatsApp says no accounts deleted on May 15, will keep sending follow-up reminders on new policy to users May 20, 2021 09:06 AM IST

    WhatsApp says no accounts deleted on May 15, will keep sending follow-up reminders on new policy to users

    Most WhatsApp users have already accepted the revised policy, the Facebook-owned company said in a statement.

  • IT Ministry directs WhatsApp to withdraw new privacy policy: Govt sources May 19, 2021 02:43 PM IST

    IT Ministry directs WhatsApp to withdraw new privacy policy: Govt sources

    The IT Ministry believes that the changes to WhatsApp privacy policy and the manner of introducing the said changes undermines the sacrosanct values of informational privacy, data security and user choice and harms the rights and interests of Indian citizens, government sources said.

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