"By connecting your phone number with Facebook's systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads," a press release by WhatsApp said on Thursday. It would however not "sell, share or give" users' numbers to advertisers, it added. Its policy on encrypted messages would also remain the same. "Even as we coordinated with Facebook in the month ahead, your encrypted messages stay private, and no one else can read them... Not WhatsApp, not Facebook, not anyone else," the statement said. Existing users can also opt out of the sharing policy after accepting the updated policy or changing the account settings within the first month. If users accept, they have 30 more days to opt out of sharing their data with Facebook. Controversial move WhatsApp's updated policy means that the company will also provide users' device information, including type of operating system and other smartphone characteristics. Facebook will employ the phone number only internally … [Read more...] about WhatsApp to share users’ phone numbers with Facebook
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Facebook announced on Wednesday that it is to pay $12 billion (8.7 billion euros) in Facebook stock and $4 billion in cash for WhatsApp. WhatsApp Messenger is an instant messaging subscription service for smartphones with Internet access which carries text, images, video and audio. According to the Financial Times, WhatsApp "has done to SMS on mobile phones what Skype did to international calling on landlines." Commenting on the deal, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said: "WhatsApp is on a path to connect one billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable." WhatsApp, based in California, was set up in 2009 by American Brian Acton and Ukrainian Jan Koum, both former employees of website Yahoo! WhatsApp claims to have more than 450 million monthly active users. In comparison, social media site Twitter had 241 million users at the end of 2014. "Almost five years ago we started WhatsApp with a simple mission: building a cool product used globally by … [Read more...] about Facebook pays billions for WhatsApp Messenger smartphone service
Pakistan's northwestern region is notorious for its drug markets. Some say that selling and buying substances like marijuana or heroin is as easy as selling and buying vegetables. But the officials have stepped up efforts to crack down on drug dealers. Hence, it is no longer as convenient to sell and purchase drugs in the region as it used to be in the past. "I have been consuming marijuana for the past eight years, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to buy and sell illegal substances. Some dealers are still running their businesses from home," a Peshawar-based student told DW on condition of anonymity. "But a new trend has emerged: people are using social media to both sell and purchase drugs. The security officials have not yet tightened their surveillance on the Internet apps," he added. The student elaborates that he has been part of a WhatsApp group that allows him to contact drug dealers. After receiving a message from the costumer, the dealer tells him to collect the … [Read more...] about Anti-drug drive forces Pakistani dealers to switch to WhatsApp
Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the WhatsApp acquisition supported the two companies' shared mission to better connect the world. "WhatsApp is on a path to connect one billion people," Zuckerberg said in a statement announcing the deal. "The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable." It is true that WhatsApp has grown at a rapid pace in its five-year existence. 450 million active monthly users chat with their phone contacts, both one-on-one and in groups. The service allows people to send texts, photos, videos and voice recordings over the Internet. An estimated one million users are joining on a daily basis worldwide. But this deal is not just about market access, said Janneke Slöetjes, advisor to Dutch digital rights group Bits of Freedom . "It's about missing part of the social graph that Facebook has had no insight into," she told DW. The value of data Though WhatsApp is not very popular in the United States, it is a key player in … [Read more...] about WhatsApp with your Facebook data?
A court in the in the northeastern state of Sergipe granted an appeal filed by the Facebook-owned service on Tuesday, just a day after a 72-hour shutdown of the app was enforced by Judge Marcelo Montalvao. The ban affected more than 100 million WhatApp users across Brazil. "The service should be freed up in a short time," a spokesman for WhatsApp said on Tuesday afternoon. Following the ruling, mobile operators were instructed to quickly lift the ban. The service was reportedly blocked on Monday in a bid to force the WhatsApp to turn over records of chats involving an accused drug dealer to investigators. Second ban since December This week's temporary ban marked the second time in four months that the messaging service was targeted by a blocking order. In a similar case in December last year, the app was shut down for two days. The decision was overturned 12 hours later, however, following a public outcry and a successful appeal by WhatsApp. In March this year, Judge Montalvao … [Read more...] about Brazil lifts three-day WhatsApp ban, one day after court ruling
The decision was delivered on Monday in the northeastern state of Sergipe by Judge Marcelo Montalvao will affect more than 100 million WhatsApp users across the country. The exact reason for the order is not known due to legal secrecy in an ongoing case in the Sergipe state court. The decision appeared, however, to be the latest attempt to force the Facebook-owned company to turn over records of chats involving an accused drug dealer to investigators. In March, the same judge ordered the brief arrest of Facebook's vice-president for Latin America, Diego Dzodan, on grounds of failing to comply with a court order to hand over the records. At the time, WhatsApp said it had no way to access the encrypted data. Dzodan was jailed and subsequently freed. WhatsApp 'disappointed' In a statement released on Monday, WhatsApp said the company was "disappointed at the decision" after doing the utmost to cooperate with Brazilian tribunals. The decision "punishes more than 100 million users who … [Read more...] about Brazil judge orders three-day WhatsApp block
Like 70 million other people in India, Sudhir Yadav uses WhatsApp - we even set up our meeting through it - even though he believes it poses a great danger. He is concerned about WhatsApp's recent decision to encrypt its users' messages from end-to-end, which means that everyone, terrorists included, can use it to communicate undisturbed. Not even WhatsApp itself - or its powerful parent company Facebook - can access what has been sent. For law enforcement to crack the code itself, the 27-year-old software engineer explained, an unfathomable number of calculations - even for a supercomputer - would be needed. "I would like the Indian government to make the messaging service save the key to decode chat records," he said, "in order to ensure national security." Yadav recently took this plea to the country's Supreme Court, with some believing the case could lead to a ban of the app. But the court dismissed the petition on Wednesday, recommending that Yadav pressure the executive … [Read more...] about Is WhatsApp a threat to India’s security?
WhatsApp said Tuesday it had instituted end-to-end encryption for all communications on its network of one billion people worldwide, the company's founders told tech magazine Wired. A blog post by WhatsApp co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Action said encryption is an important tool for its users. "We live in a world where more of our data is digitized than ever before," they wrote. WhatsApp, which has a billion users worldwide, made the decision after several weeks of debate over efforts by US authorities to compel Apple to help break into an encrypted iPhone. "And today, we're proud to announce that we've completed a technological development that makes WhatsApp a leader in protecting your private communication: full end-to-end encryption. "No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us." The end-to-end encryption protects all text, photo, video and voice communications from eavesdropping. This means hackers and criminals … [Read more...] about WhatsApp goes ahead with full encryption, to law enforcers’ chagrin