Tubefilter: The FTC says social media is rife with crypto scams—and victims are losing hundreds of millions of dollars

Tubefilter: The FTC says social media is rife with crypto scams—and victims are losing hundreds of millions of dollars. “The majority of people encountering crypto scams on social media did so on a platform owned by Meta. The FTC’s data shows that 32% of people who fell prey to a crypto scam last year originally found it because of a post on Instagram. A further 26% of victims encountered scams on Facebook, and another 9% did so on WhatsApp, the messaging platform Meta bought for $19 billion in 2014.”

TechCrunch: Nigeria’s internet regulator releases draft to regulate Google, Facebook, TikTok and others

TechCrunch: Nigeria’s internet regulator releases draft to regulate Google, Facebook, TikTok and others . “Nigeria has announced plans to regulate internet companies like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram (all owned by Meta), Twitter, Google and TikTok in a draft shared by the country’s internet regulator. This information, released by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Monday, can be viewed on its website and Twitter page.”

Military.com: Meet the Guardsman Helping Ukrainians Blow Up Russian Tanks over the Phone

Military.com: Meet the Guardsman Helping Ukrainians Blow Up Russian Tanks over the Phone. “Sgt. 1st Class Chris Freymann never thought he’d have such a direct role in the fight against Russian forces invading Ukraine. But as the war raged, he became a kind of ad hoc, over-the-phone tech support for Ukrainians trying to use Javelin missiles while under fire. They messaged with questions; Freymann sent answers. In return, he got photos and videos of the Russian tanks they destroyed.”

New York Times: Former New Yorkers Are Networking Through WhatsApp

New York Times: Former New Yorkers Are Networking Through WhatsApp. “New Yorkers have been seeking one another out in other American cities for decades. How else could they complain about the lack of public transportation, the difficulty in finding a decent slice or the fact that most neighborhood bodegas are not open 24/7? The only difference is now, apps and social media have made it easier for them to find their kindred spirits instantly.”

CNN: Why WhatsApp wants to convince Americans to stop sending text messages

CNN: Why WhatsApp wants to convince Americans to stop sending text messages. “Data shared with CNN Business by research firm eMarketer indicates WhatsApp had less than 63 million users in the United States as of last year, or around 19% of the country’s population. That’s far behind its audience in countries such as India, Brazil and Indonesia where it is among the most popular modes of communication. India alone has nearly 500 million WhatsApp users according to eMarketer, which is more than a third of its population and over half its internet user base.”

Washington Post: Why Wall Street Is in Hot Water for Using WhatsApp

Washington Post: Why Wall Street Is in Hot Water for Using WhatsApp. “Bankers and brokers often say that they’re much more closely regulated than executives in other industries. At least in terms of their business communications, they have a point. An ongoing investigation focuses on finance professionals shirking government rules by using texts and personal emails to conduct business.”

The Local Switzerland: Swiss army bans WhatsApp due to privacy concerns

The Local Switzerland: Swiss army bans WhatsApp due to privacy concerns. “Switzerland’s army has banned the use of WhatsApp whilst on duty, a spokesman confirmed Thursday, in favour of a Swiss messaging service deemed more secure in terms of data protection. The ban also applies to using other messaging apps like Signal and Telegram on soldiers’ private phones during service operations.”