The WhatsApp cofounder previously asked Facebook users to delete their accounts after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018.
WhatsApp has grown from a messaging app to a platform for users to share photos, videos, documents, and stories (similar to Facebook and Instagram).
With elections approaching the rate at which polarised messages are being forwarded has only increased.
Uptil 2018, Telegram had an active user base of 200 million monthly active users.
To make its ‘search image’ feature work, WhatsApp will use Google’s reverse image search which itself is facing challenges.
Even though the Election Commission has laid out an expansive social media policy ahead of general elections this year, yet the efficiency of it on ground is still to be tested.
The last time there was a Facebook outage of such magnitude was in 2008 when the company had 150 million users, compared to 2.3 billion monthly users today
In terms of active users, however, Facebook continues to be on the top with over 2.27 billion users.
WhatsApp has been under intense pressure from the government to devise ways to identify message originators to trace the origin of fake messages circulated on its platform, especially ahead of general elections slated to begin next month.
Should TRAI, and the Department of Telecom, seek to regulate WhatsApp and other messaging platforms like SMS, Mark Zuckerberg may have no option but to pull out of India.
Advertisements on social media need to be defined properly. Will promotions by Bollywood celebrities and social media influencers be classified as advertisements?
WhatsApp believes downloading unofficial clones could potentially leave users open to security risks.
The stickers created by five artists are available on Android and iOS app stores
Beyond a point, Facebook or other social media companies can do nothing. It’s the voters who need to stand against political propaganda and fake news.
The feature is called ‘Advanced Search’ which is an improved version of the app’s already available feature —Chat Search.
Users can now report fake news or hate messages received on WhatsApp to the DoT.
This was informed by Anurag Thakur, chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, after a nearly three-and-a-half-hour meeting with Global Vice President of Public Policy for Twitter Colin Crowell and other officials of the micro-blogging platform.
The subject of the discussion would be "safeguarding citizens' rights on social or online news media platforms"
The move comes following many public figures, including journalists, complaining of receiving abusive and threatening messages.
Users will be able to see "who can add me to a group", in privacy settings, following which they will get three options - Everyone, My contacts, Nobody.
The update features a redesigned ‘Settings’ menu with a whole new layout and a host of new icons for different tools, along with adequate information under each option for new users to make informed decisions.
Carl Woog of WhatsApp said the app would cease to exist in its current form if new measures are introduced, adding that even WhatsApp cannot access users' chats
For many who trade jokes and daily greetings, WhatsApp’s potential as a political tool may not be fully apparent. In reality, it is quite a lot. So much so, WhatsApp is the platform of choice for political parties.
The petition, sent by a group that previously dragged WhatsApp to court and a right-wing political activist, comes a day after the panel summoned Twitter chief Jack Dorsey to discuss ways to safeguard citizens' rights on social media and online platforms.
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