New York Times: India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship

New York Times: India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship. “Under the proposed rules, Indian officials could demand that Facebook, Google, Twitter, TikTok and others remove posts or videos that they deem libelous, invasive of privacy, hateful or deceptive. Internet companies would also have to build automated screening tools to block Indians from seeing ‘unlawful information or content.’ Another provision would weaken the privacy protections of messaging services like WhatsApp so that the authorities could trace messages back to their original senders.”

The Verge: Facebook ordered to stop combining WhatsApp and Instagram data without consent in Germany

The Verge: Facebook ordered to stop combining WhatsApp and Instagram data without consent in Germany. “Germany’s national competition regulator has ordered Facebook to stop combining user data from different sources without voluntary consent. The order applies to data collected by Facebook-owned platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram, but also third-party sources that Facebook uses to flesh out its advertising profiles, including those of non-users.”

Mashable: Facebook is combining Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp infrastructure into one, report says

Mashable: Facebook is combining Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp infrastructure into one, report says. “Facebook’s tentacles are starting to look more and more alike. A new report from the New York Times says that Facebook is integrating all of its messaging platforms — Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp — into the same infrastructure. The services would remain distinct, but the back-end connections between the three apps would grow into one master messaging platform.”

Ubergizmo: University of California Warns Students Against Using WhatsApp In China

Ubergizmo: University of California Warns Students Against Using WhatsApp In China. “The University of California has warned its students and faculty both to not use messaging apps such as WhatsApp and WeChat in China. It expressed concern that their communications could be used against them in the country so the students and faculty should exercise caution and not use the apps when they’re in China.”

TechCrunch: Google & Facebook fed ad dollars to child porn discovery apps

TechCrunch: Google & Facebook fed ad dollars to child porn discovery apps . “Google has scrambled to remove third-party apps that led users to child porn sharing groups on WhatsApp in the wake of TechCrunch’s report about the problem last week. We contacted Google with the name of one of these apps and evidence that it and others offered links to WhatsApp groups for sharing child exploitation imagery. Following publication of our article, Google removed from the Google Play store that app and at least five like it. Several of these apps had more than 100,000 downloads, and they’re still functional on devices that already downloaded them.”