South China Morning Post: Tapes, photos and meeting arrangements made via WhatsApp should all fall under proposed archives law, former Hong Kong official says

South China Morning Post: Tapes, photos and meeting arrangements made via WhatsApp should all fall under proposed archives law, former Hong Kong official says. “Informal consultations held by the authorities and meeting arrangements made via instant messaging apps are some of the items that should be put on the record if Hong Kong passes an archives law, a former government records official said on Friday.”

Quartz: Africans are being exposed to “fake news” at a higher rate than Americans

Quartz: Africans are being exposed to “fake news” at a higher rate than Americans. “The rise of false information has complex cultural and social reasons. Until now, though, the phenomenon has been studied mostly as it happens in the US and Europe, with relatively little attention to the situation in African countries. This is despite the fact that disinformation on the continent has often taken the form of extreme speech inciting violence or has spread racist, misogynous, xenophobic messages, often on mobile phone platforms such as WhatsApp. To fill the gap in information about ‘fake news’ in sub-Saharan Africa, we conducted an online survey in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa earlier this year. Our study had three goals: to measure the prevalence of disinformation, to learn who people believe is responsible for stopping fake news, and to understand the relationship between disinformation and media trust.”

Economic Times (India): Government asks Google, Twitter, WhatsApp to check rumours, messages inciting unrest

Economic Times (India): Government asks Google, Twitter, WhatsApp to check rumours, messages inciting unrest. “Government has asked Google, Twitter, WhatsApp and other social media platforms to take concrete steps to check spread of rumours and messages inciting unrest, cyber crimes and other activities that could be detrimental to the national security, officials said Thursday.”

The Guardian: Bolsonaro’s son banned from WhatsApp amid claims of fake news campaign

The Guardian: Bolsonaro’s son banned from WhatsApp amid claims of fake news campaign. “The politician son of the far-right favourite to become Brazil’s next president has been evicted from WhatsApp amid allegations that his father’s push for power has been turbocharged by an illegal fake news blitz on the Facebook-owned messaging app. One of Brazil’s top newspapers on Thursday claimed Brazilian entrepreneurs were bankrolling a multimillion-dollar campaign designed to boost Jair Bolsonaro by inundating WhatsApp users with messages undermining his leftist rival Fernando Haddad.”

G91JA: WhatsApp fights fake news in India using actors who role-play in public

G9IJA: WhatsApp fights fake news in India using actors who role-play in public. “On a hot morning in India’s tourist mecca of Jaipur, an open truck painted in the signature lime-green colors of Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service pulls into a dusty lane, where five men spill out and begin to perform a skit. The event is part of a major grassroots effort by WhatsApp to battle fake news, which has triggered numerous lynchings in a country where 200 million people use the service, more than anywhere else in the world.”

Engadget: WhatsApp fixes video call exploit that allowed account hijacks

Engadget: WhatsApp fixes video call exploit that allowed account hijacks. “WhatsApp owners may have just dodged a bullet. The messaging service has fixed a security flaw that let intruders hijack the app (and thus your account) when you answered an incoming video call in Android or iOS. If an attacker sent a malformed Real-time Transport Protocol packet, it would corrupt the app’s heap memory and open it to attack. Web users weren’t affected, since the browser-based client relies on the WebRTC protocol.”