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WhatsApp changes terms of service: Things to know and better alternatives

WhatsApp changes terms of service: Things to know and better alternatives

Popular messaging platform WhatsApp owned by Facebook with a userbase of more than 2 billion, in a surprise move, has updated its privacy policy. Users are receiving this notice via a pop-up alert in the app, narrowing down on the new set of policies that are in place. This has stirred a huge debate about Facebook’s promise of privacy and keeping the user interest at stake.

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WhatsApp now requires users to share data with Facebook

WhatsApp now requires users to share data with Facebook

It isn't exactly that much of a shock, considering it is Facebook we're talking about here, but it's still a disappointment at the very least, given the current context. At a time when people around the world have become more dependent on messaging services and a time when Facebook is being scrutinized for its privacy practices and monopoly, the social networking giant is making what many are pretty much considering to be an asinine move that will practically throw WhatsApp users out if they don't agree to let Facebook get a hold of their data.

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WhatsApp set new call record during socially distanced New Year’s Eve

WhatsApp set new call record during socially distanced New Year’s Eve

Many people observed common sense and participated in safe, socially distanced New Year's Eve celebrations last week -- something that heavily involved messaging services and voice calls. According to Facebook, its WhatsApp platform saw a record number of calls over the holiday, with more than 1.4 billion video and voice calls having taken place around the world.

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WhatsApp stops supporting old iPhones on January 1

WhatsApp stops supporting old iPhones on January 1

WhatsApp ends service for a variety of devices starting on January 1, 2021. These devices are largely out-of-use at this point - but assuming you're the sort of person who keeps an old device for years and years, you might want to take a peek at the list. If you have an older mobile device and plan on using WhatsApp beyond the end of 2020, the time to get a new device is now.

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WhatsApp calls on Web and Desktop now available in beta

WhatsApp calls on Web and Desktop now available in beta

When it comes to Facebook's instant messaging services, its own Messenger and Instagram are probably the most known. That said, there are definitely people and even businesses that rely on that other major messaging platform, WhatsApp. Like Instagram, WhatsApp has mostly been very phone-centric to the point that you couldn't use it anywhere else. Those days are slowly numbered and the latest beta feature will be bringing feature parity with WhatsApp on the desktop.

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Facebook jabs back at FTC and calls antitrust lawsuits ‘revisionist history’

Facebook jabs back at FTC and calls antitrust lawsuits ‘revisionist history’

Facebook has responded to the lawsuits filed by the Federal Trade Commission and multiple state attorneys general, calling the legal matter an 'attack' and 'revisionist history.' The statement comes hours after the FTC announced the lawsuits over alleged Facebook's 'illegal monopolization.'

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FTC sues Facebook for illegal monopolization – Instagram and WhatsApp at risk

FTC sues Facebook for illegal monopolization – Instagram and WhatsApp at risk

Facebook is being sued by the US Federal Trade Commission along with dozens of states, alleging the social network of illegal monopolization and anticompetitive conduct. The allegations represent one of the most significant challenges Facebook has encountered, with the FTC seeking a permanent injunction that could see Mark Zuckerberg's company forced to sell off high-profile assets like Instagram and WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp accuses Apple of app privacy label double-standards [Updated]

WhatsApp accuses Apple of app privacy label double-standards [Updated]

WhatsApp has criticized Apple for double-standards, arguing that the new privacy labels third-party apps will need to show should also be required for Apple's own software. The new labels - which borrow the concept of nutritional information on food, but focused on what data software collects on its users - will be required if developers want to have their titles included in Apple's App Store.

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WhatsApp gets a new Shopping button for browsing product catalogs

WhatsApp gets a new Shopping button for browsing product catalogs

WhatsApp is launching a new shopping button that enables users to find businesses and browse their offerings directly in the app. The move expands WhatsApp for Business, an e-commerce platform similar to what we've already seen on Instagram. The existing voice call button is being replaced by the shopping button.

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WhatsApp’s latest feature scrubs old unwanted messages automatically

WhatsApp’s latest feature scrubs old unwanted messages automatically

WhatsApp has announced a big new feature that is already available on a number of other platforms: disappearing messages. With this feature, users can ensure their messages will automatically disappear after a predetermined amount of time. WhatApp's disappearing messages have a big limitation at this moment compared to platforms like Wickr, but it's better than nothing.

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WhatsApp update finally lets you bulk delete

WhatsApp update finally lets you bulk delete

The latest update to WhatsApp allows the user to bulk delete their content. This system has a "new and improved way to manage storage on the app," as it were, allowing users to "easily identify, select, and bulk delete content that may be filling their phone." This update should be available for all users on iOS and Android this week, so long as they've downloaded the latest version of the app.

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WhatsApp mute chat forever because it’s Facebook all over again

WhatsApp mute chat forever because it’s Facebook all over again

WhatsApp added an option to chats today that allows the user to mute said chat forever. The Facebook-owned app and ecosystem previously only allowed a chat to be muted for 8 hours, 1 week, or 1 year. This was fine, sure, but what if you wanted to stay in a chat and never, ever hear a notification from the chat ever, ever again? Now that's possible, if you dare.

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