Google’s new chat service won’t be secure like iMessage and WhatsApp: Amnesty International (Indian Express)

Indian Express: Google’s new chat service won’t be secure like iMessage and WhatsApp: Amnesty International . “Google has been slammed by Amnesty International’s Technology and Human Rights researcher Joe Westby for a new ‘Chat’ feature that will not be encrypted. Westby called the decision to launch a messaging service without end-to-end encryption ‘baffling’ and said the move aims to show Google’s ‘utter contempt for the privacy of Android users’ as it easily allows cybercriminals and government spies to access to take control of users’ private communication.”

Digital Trends: Hang out via video chat, then tag friends in Stories with Snapchat’s new tools

Digital Trends: Hang out via video chat, then tag friends in Stories with Snapchat’s new tools. “Snapchat is pushing to become the most popular virtual hangout destination. On Tuesday, April 3, Snapchat announced new group video chats. The tool allows up to 16 friends to join in and chat via video. The announcement comes alongside a wider rollout of the previously tested mention that allow users to tag another Snapchatter.”

TechCrunch: Twitch launches always-on chat rooms for channels

TechCrunch: Twitch launches always-on chat rooms for channels. “Game streaming site Twitch today is debuting an always-on chat room feature it’s simply calling ‘Rooms.’ The addition was first announced at its developer event TwitchCon back in October, and was expected to launch before year-end. That timing shifted a bit, but the feature is going live today across both web and mobile for Twitch users worldwide.”

CBR: Facebook launches open source group chat encryption tool

CBR: Facebook launches open source group chat encryption tool . “Facebook has made a new tool available via GitHub that allows users to apply encryption to their social media group chats. Named the Asynchronous Ratcheting Tree, the open source tool is designed to enhance the security of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and the Signal App among others. In the event of a security breach, the tool would work to re-establish security, instead of simply leaving the entry point open for a hacker to return to in future.”

Digital Inspiration: How to Embed the Facebook Customer Chat Widget in your Website

Hey, Amit’s back! From Digital Inspiration: How to Embed the Facebook Customer Chat Widget in your Website . “Looking for a simple and free alternative to popular live chat software like Intercom or Zendesk chat? Well, the new customer chat widget from Facebook Messenger is here and anyone can embed these widgets on their website to engage with visitors in real time. Facebook Customer Chat widget, if you are new, lets people chat with businesses without leaving the website. The widget works on both desktop computers and mobile phones. The business owner needs a Facebook Page and all the visitor needs is a regular Facebook account.”

Mashable: Here’s why Reddit is replacing PMs with chat

Mashable: Here’s why Reddit is replacing PMs with chat. “Reddit is about to make one of its biggest changes yet. The site will soon launch a new instant messaging feature called Reddit Chat. Unlike Reddit’s current private messaging system, Reddit Chat will allow individual users and groups to connect instantaneously much like the chat features on Facebook or other social networks.”