Mashable: Instagram and WhatsApp are tainted by Facebook’s BS. Delete them.

Mashable: Instagram and WhatsApp are tainted by Facebook’s BS. Delete them.. “So you’ve deleted your Facebook account. Good. Now let’s talk about Instagram and WhatsApp. The two Facebook-owned services often get a pass whenever hate speech, misinformation, right-wing propaganda, privacy abuses, and self-mythologizing nonsense make the news — which, because of Facebook, is often. Overlooking WhatsApp and Instagram, however, would be a mistake. These services feed the Facebook beast and you should absolutely delete your accounts with Mark Zuckerberg’s seemingly less-tainted platforms, too.”

TechCrunch: WhatsApp resolves issue that exposed some users’ phone numbers in Google search results

TechCrunch: WhatsApp resolves issue that exposed some users’ phone numbers in Google search results. “WhatsApp has resolved an issue that caused phone numbers of some of its users to appear in Google search results. The fix comes days after a researcher revealed that the phone number of WhatsApp users who created a simplified link to allow others to chat with them or join a group appeared in search results.”

Tom’s Guide: WhatsApp can reveal your phone number in Google searches — how to protect yours

Tom’s Guide: WhatsApp can reveal your phone number in Google searches — how to protect yours. “Security researcher Athul Jayaram contacted the security-news site Threatpost last week to report that he did a site-specific Google search for numbers on a WhatsApp-owned domain and thousands of phone numbers popped up.”

Neowin: WhatsApp works with WHO to launch a new sticker pack

Neowin: WhatsApp works with WHO to launch a new sticker pack. “WhatsApp has announced that it has collaborated with the World Health Organization to develop a new sticker pack called ‘Together at Home’. The new stickers are designed to be funny and educational. The stickers were also called universal by WhatsApp because they’re available in ten languages and break through other barriers such as the age barrier. The two entities hope the stickers will encourage people to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Slate: WhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding to Curb the Spread of Coronavirus Rumors

Slate: WhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding to Curb the Spread of Coronavirus Rumors. “On Tuesday, WhatsApp announced that it will impose strict limits on forwarding messages. It’s part of the messaging service’s push to slow the spread of false information about the coronavirus.”

Wired: WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

Wired: WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response. “THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC is impacting communities around the world. For the 2 billion of those people who also use the encrypted communication service WhatsApp, now more than ever is a time for calling, messaging, and seeking trustworthy information. So the World Health Organization is going where the people are, launching a new tool called WHO Health Alert on WhatsApp today.”

Neowin: WhatsApp working on letting you password-protect Google Drive backups

Neowin: WhatsApp working on letting you password-protect Google Drive backups. “WhatsApp currently allows Android users to backup their chat data to Google Drive. However, while WhatsApp chats stored on your device are encrypted, the backups in Google Drive are not. WhatsApp is possibly looking to change that as hints of the company working on password-protecting Drive backups have surfaced. This will be a major win from a security standpoint as it will ensure that your WhatsApp backups stored in Google Drive are also encrypted.”

Digital Trends: WhatsApp contains ‘dangerous’ and deliberate backdoors, claims Telegram founder

Digital Trends: WhatsApp contains ‘dangerous’ and deliberate backdoors, claims Telegram founder. “WhatsApp has had a rocky past year as faith in its privacy and encryption promises continued to falter — especially after the world’s richest man fell victim to an infamous security vulnerability. Now, in a scathing blog post, Telegram Messenger’s founder, Pavel Durov, has added insult to the Facebook-owned instant messaging app’s injury by calling it ‘dangerous’ to use.”

CNET: Facebook abandons plan to sell ads in WhatsApp, report says

CNET: Facebook abandons plan to sell ads in WhatsApp, report says. “Facebook has reportedly abandoned its plan to sell ads in messaging platform WhatsApp, according to a Thursday report by The Wall Street Journal. The company’s decision to bring ads to the app is reportedly what led to the departure of WhatsApp’s creators around two years ago.”

Poynter: ‘What’s Crap on WhatsApp?’ has debunked 25 hoaxes in 6 episodes. What is the challenge now?

Poynter: ‘What’s Crap on WhatsApp?’ has debunked 25 hoaxes in 6 episodes. What is the challenge now?. “Since June 2019, when the International Fact-Checking Network awarded a $50,000 grant to Africa Check to develop ‘What’s Crap on WhatsApp?,’ a voice note show specially designed to be shared on the private message app, about 1,600 people have subscribed to the ‘appcast,’ which totals six episodes. In total, they have heard 25 falsehoods being debunked, 10 of them related to health issues.”

ZDNet: WhatsApp banned nearly half a million accounts during Brazilian elections

ZDNet: WhatsApp banned nearly half a million accounts during Brazilian elections. “Messaging app WhatsApp reported banning more than 400,000 accounts that breached its terms of service in Brazil during last year’s general elections. The information was disclosed by the company in a document submitted to authorities to support an investigation into the spread of misinformation during the presidential campaign.”