BuzzFeed News: WhatsApp Has Become A Hotbed For Spreading Nazi Propaganda In Germany

BuzzFeed News: WhatsApp Has Become A Hotbed For Spreading Nazi Propaganda In Germany. “German WhatsApp users are spreading far-right propaganda through the use of stickers and chain letters, and the company is doing little to nothing to stop it, despite local laws forbidding the use of Nazi imagery.”

ABC (Australia): ‘Loom’ scam lures with promises of earning quick cash through social media

ABC (Australia): ‘Loom’ scam lures with promises of earning quick cash through social media. “There are warnings of an international online scam called the ‘Loom’ scheme in Australia, which targets young people through social media and can lead to participants ‘scamming’ their family and friends and leaving them hundreds of dollars out of pocket.”

Engadget: WhatsApp debuts fact-checking service to counter fake news in India

Engadget: WhatsApp debuts fact-checking service to counter fake news in India. “India’s elections begin April 11th, and WhatsApp is determined to use every method it can to fight fake news ahead of the voting. The Facebook-owned company has teamed up with Proto to launch a fact-checking service, Checkpoint Tipline, that lets locals verify the messages they receive.”

Neowin: WhatsApp appears to be working on an image search feature to counter fake news

Neowin: WhatsApp appears to be working on an image search feature to counter fake news. “The spread of fake news reached stratospheric heights across Facebook’s services over the past few years, not the least on WhatsApp. In India particularly, a mob in Aurad taluk of Bidar, Karnataka killed a man and injured three others in July 2018 after false accusations of child abduction against the victims spread through WhatsApp.”

Ars Technica: Get ready for a Facebook-sponsored cryptocurrency

Ars Technica: Get ready for a Facebook-sponsored cryptocurrency. “Facebook is preparing to launch a cryptocurrency, the The New York Times reports. The new cryptocurrency would be integrated with Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging platform, allowing ordinary WhatsApp users to send electronic cash to friends and family across international borders. The Times says it talked to five anonymous sources who have been briefed on the project.”

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.”