Poynter: Here comes a tool, approved by WhatsApp, to automate the distribution of fact-checks

Poynter: Here comes a tool, approved by WhatsApp, to automate the distribution of fact-checks. “The love/hate relationship between fact-checkers and reader-submitted tips from private messaging may soon be a thing of the past. Meedan, the software company behind Check, a task management system used in collaboration by fact-checkers all over the world, has unveiled a new tool that would automate responses to tipsters without ever having to bother a fact-checker.”

Lifehacker: How To Get Google Assistant To Read Notifications From Third-Party Apps

Lifehacker: How To Get Google Assistant To Read Notifications From Third-Party Apps. “Previously, Google Assistant could only read messages from Android Messages and Google Hangouts aloud — and not very well, either. Now, the sky is the limit: Google Assistant can read your messages from third-party apps such as Slack, WhatsApp, Discord, Telegram, and even Google’s own finicky apps like Google Voice.”

The Verge: WhatsApp and Telegram media files aren’t so secure after they reach your phone

The Verge: WhatsApp and Telegram media files aren’t so secure after they reach your phone. “While they’re known for strongly encrypting messages in transit, apps like WhatsApp and Telegram may not always be able to keep files safe after they’re on your phone. Today, researchers from Symantec explain how hackers could use a malicious app to subtly alter media files sent through the services.”

New Delhi Times: Indian Army warns personnel of social media platforms

New Delhi Times: Indian Army warns personnel of social media platforms. “Issuing an advisory for the army personnel against the Pakistani spy agencies, making efforts to get information through the social media platforms, the Indian Army has warned its personnel and their families to avoid being active on WhatsApp, especially in large groups where there are unknown members.”

NiemanLab: As of December, publishers will no longer be allowed to send out newsletters on WhatsApp

NiemanLab: As of December, publishers will no longer be allowed to send out newsletters on WhatsApp. “In an effort to crack down on ‘automated or bulk messaging, or non-personal use’ on the platform, WhatsApp will no longer allow publishers to send out newsletters through the app as of December 7, 2019.”