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WhatsApp privacy promise might not be as strong as it sounds under Facebook

WhatsApp privacy promise might not be as strong as it sounds under Facebook

Facebook seems to have something like a reverse Midas touch where it infects anything it buys with a certain curse. Social networks that were thriving before they became Facebook properties have been transformed into questionable businesses that rely on violating privacy to make a profit. That even includes WhatsApp, whose claim to fame has always been its end-to-end encryption and privacy guarantee. Now it turns out that there might be a small loophole that gives Facebook a bit of wiggle room to actually break that trust, usually under the guise of observing the law.

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WhatsApp Last Seen status can soon be hidden from specific contacts

WhatsApp Last Seen status can soon be hidden from specific contacts

Instant messaging services introduced the idea of online statuses, allowing users to know whether their intended recipients are even around to read their messages. That eventually evolved into "Last Seen" information that gives other people some insight into a private part of your life. Most messaging services simply let you turn Last Seen visibility on or off, but WhatsApp might be considering a way to give users finer control over who can see it and who can't.

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WhatsApp now allows users to transfer chat history from iOS to Android

WhatsApp now allows users to transfer chat history from iOS to Android

WhatsApp is a popular application that allows users to communicate with end-to-end encryption. The company says one of the features that users have most requested is the ability to export and import chat history between Android and iPhone devices. Previously, when users moved between smartphone operating systems, they lost the chat history.

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WhatsApp’s controversial new Terms of Service might be optional

WhatsApp’s controversial new Terms of Service might be optional

Although it wasn't completely unexpected, it still scandalized many when WhatsApp announced a policy changed that unsurprisingly favored handing some information over to its parent company, Facebook. After trying to clarify its position, the messaging platform opted to delay its implementation but eventually pushed a Terms of Service that limited features unless you accepted them. These events resulted in a number of migrations to other chat services, and WhatsApp is now reportedly making amends by making those terms optional except in one specific case.

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WhatsApp for iPad native app might be around the corner

WhatsApp for iPad native app might be around the corner

Although they have experienced a resurgence in popularity and sales, there are still a number of popular apps that either don't work natively on iPads are or don't work properly. Instagram is the poster child of the latter with its suboptimal experience of Apple's slates. WhatsApp, Facebook's other social media property, isn't following its sibling's footsteps and might have a native app for iPads and even Android tablets coming soon.

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WhatsApp disappearing messages might soon last up to 90 days

WhatsApp disappearing messages might soon last up to 90 days

Disappearing messages, once Snapchat's selling feature, is becoming more prevalent on almost all major messaging platforms that want to advertise their security and privacy features. Each platform naturally gives it its own spin, mostly in how long they allow messages to stay alive. WhatsApp, for example, is giving users more options to keep messages around as long as they want, even going as far as three months tops.

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WhatsApp data transfer between Android and iOS is finally here

WhatsApp data transfer between Android and iOS is finally here

Before its acquisition by Facebook, WhatsApp was considered one of the more secure mainstream messaging services around. That was thanks to its end-to-end encryption that few of its rivals offered back then. While a boon for privacy and security, E2EE also has an unfortunate drawback that WhatsApp may not have anticipated in those days. Now the Facebook-owned chat platform is fixing that flaw by allowing iPhone users to their chat history completely to Android.

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WhatsApp blasts “very concerning” Apple child abuse “surveillance” tech [Update]

WhatsApp blasts “very concerning” Apple child abuse “surveillance” tech [Update]

WhatsApp has criticized Apple's new system for scanning photos in the hunt for child sexual abuse as "very concerning," after the unexpected announcement that the Cupertino firm would use AI to spot illegal images and more. Revealed yesterday, the new child safety features will mask photos shared through Messages, in addition to tracking such content uploaded to iCloud Photos.

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Facebook reportedly wants to analyze encrypted WhatsApp messages for ads

Facebook reportedly wants to analyze encrypted WhatsApp messages for ads

Data encryption has been around for decades, but it has taken on a more political tone in the past few years. There has been a strong market push to encrypt messages and data on smartphones, but there has also been a strong pushback from governments who want a backdoor for the sake of security or other interests. For companies like Facebook, however, encrypting data like WhatsApp messages is both a selling factor and a potential business killer. Now the social networking giant is allegedly researching ways to still glean some juicy data for advertising purposes without breaking the security of encrypted data.

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WhatsApp adds View Once feature to quickly wipe photos and videos

WhatsApp adds View Once feature to quickly wipe photos and videos

WhatsApp has rolled out a new feature that is commonly found on alternative privacy-centric messaging apps: disappearing videos and photos. The feature offers users more control over the media they share with others, enabling them to send potentially sensitive content to others without it remaining in the chat indefinitely.

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Facebook is hunting ways to push targeted ads into encrypted WhatsApp chats

Facebook is hunting ways to push targeted ads into encrypted WhatsApp chats

Just because your WhatsApp messages may be end-to-end encrypted, doesn't mean Facebook won't one day potentially be able to use the contents for advertising. While one of the big assumptions about encryption has been that the messaging platforms themselves aren't privy to what you're discussing with your contacts, a new push to develop homomorphic encryption techniques could change the stakes.

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WhatsApp join group call expanded beyond start

WhatsApp join group call expanded beyond start

WhatsApp expanded its Group Call system beyond a one-time-join rule to allow joining at a later time. Joinable calls, as they're called, "reduce the burden of answering a group call as it starts," according to a WhatsApp representative commenting on the release. It also "brings the spontaneity and ease of in-person conversations to group calling on WhatsApp."

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