Quartz: Zimbabwe is clamping down on social media use with a cyber crime bill set to become law. “Zimbabwe has inched closer to clamping down on citizens’ use of social media platforms and will likely fish out and penalize citizens who create and share what is deemed offensive or pornographic material over outlets including WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.”
Poynter: Falsehoods outperform facts in Brazilian WhatsApp groups, study shows. “Up to four of every 10 viral messages shared in WhatsApp groups throughout last year’s presidential elections in Brazil contained information found to be false by fact-checkers, a study I conducted at Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom, has found.”
Ars Technica: US wants Facebook to backdoor WhatsApp and halt encryption plans. “Attorney General William Barr plans to once again make his case against end-to-end encryption for the masses, this time in a public call for Facebook to ensure that law enforcement can decrypt messages when investigating terrorists, child abusers, and other criminals.
Slashgear: WhatsApp messages may soon delete themselves. “When it comes to security and privacy, one of WhatsApp’s main draws is its use of end-to-end encryption. It may not be long before WhatsApp is offering another feature to pull in the privacy-first crowd: self-destructing messages. As it turns out, the company is currently testing ‘disappearing messages’ functionality that essentially allows users to put a timer on their messages with others.”
CNET: Facebook will have to give UK police access to encrypted messages, report says. “Facebook and its messaging tool WhatsApp will have to give UK police access to users’ encrypted messages under an upcoming treaty with the US, says a Saturday report by Bloomberg, which cites a confidential source. The treaty, which covers other US-based social media platforms as well, would require the sharing in regard to investigations of serious crimes, such as terrorism and pedophilia, Bloomberg said.”
Modern Ghana: How Social Media Has Changed The Face Of Politics In Ghana. “The use of social media in politics including Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube has dramatically changed the way campaigns are run and how majority of Ghanaians interact with their aspiring candidate or elected officials.”
Poynter: Meet Forensia, a software ready to debunk fake WhatsApp audio files. “Fact-checkers usually roll their eyes when they need to verify an audio file extracted from WhatsApp. They know it’s a time-consuming task and there is a lack of tools to help them reach a verdict about the voice they hear. This scenario, however, has just changed. Forensia is up and running in Buenos Aires, and ready to work in Saxon and Romance languages — but not for free.”