WhatsApp rolls out new group chat features
Messaging service WhatsApp rolled out new group-chat features on Tuesday, including more controls for administrators as well as regular group members. Users can now leave a group permanently to avoid being repeatedly added back after they have left, Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp said in a blog post.Administrators can no longer be removed from a group they created and users can now quickly locate messages that mention them in a group conversation.Groups on WhatsApp have taken a central role in the messaging service that has more than 1 billion users, helping connect people with similar interests across the globe.
As organic reach has dwindled in Facebook’s main app, posts from brands have decreased and — at least theoretically — more room has been made for posts from friends and family in your News Feed. Handily for Facebook, it’s also a roundabout way of fighting back against the spread of fake news that’s proliferated on the platform.
So, it’s like anything — and people and pages have adapted, using Facebook’s standalone apps like Messenger and WhatsApp to spread that content directly to other users. Which is why Facebook is in the process of testing some new features to do something about that.
WhatsApp copies Telegram to add one-way 'broadcast' mode to group chats
"Good artists borrow great artists steal" is a phrase that Facebook seems acutely aware of. It's common to speak of Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-app-now-social-network, borrowing from Snapchat, but now Facebook's WhatsApp chat app is increasingly drawing its innovation from others such as Telegram.This week, WhatsApp outed a new feature for its groups that is essentially a replica of Telegram's channels -- that is, a one-way broadcast communication stream.
WhatsApp in asaid it’s launching a new feature that will start labeling messages in the app that have been forwarded along to a user instead of composed fresh. “This extra context,” the post notes, “will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.”
According toout of India, the feature comes in the wake of Facebook-owned WhatsApp getting a notice from the Indian government last week directing the company to “take immediate measures to prevent misuse of its platform.”
Indeed, the problem of using social media platforms like WhatsApp in India to spread fake news and rumors has been so pervasive India that it’s led to rumors that have spawned mob violence. And Facebook even taking out ads
Facebook apologizes for bug that temporarily unblocked people
Facebook is notifying more than 800,000 users about a bug in Facebook and its Messenger app that unblocked some users they had blocked. The bug was active between May 29 and June 5.
The social media giant, meanwhile, is taking a similar tack with Messenger.
As first noted by, Facebook is testing a Messenger feature that will let a user who gets a random missive in the Messenger app know if it was sent from an account that was recently created. Moreover, it will use the phone number connected to the account to identify its origin.
The feature — which Facebook has acknowledged it’s playing with at the moment as part a “small test” — isn’t specifically about going after Russian actors. Nevertheless, Motherboard shared a screenshot showing the feature can identify a message having been sent by someone who “logged in using a phone number from Russia.”
The stakes certainly could not be higher for Facebook to get this right. The company, at a minimum, can’t let these things go on unchecked.
And then you look elsewhere, and you see things like an outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil, where. Oh, and Brazil is also home to 120 million users of WhatsApp in a country of 200 million people.
Facebook, indeed, has its work cut out for it.
"New regulations come into force": Beware of this nasty Whatsapp Fraud Mail
To get sensitive user data, criminals are sending more and more false emails on behalf of Whatsapp. It falsely claims that an annual subscription expires for the Messenger and you have to update your user account or renew your subscription, warns the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).
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In fact, the use of Whatsapp is currently free. With the help of phishing mail data such as credit card or mobile numbers are stolen. Anyone who has fallen for the net and has given bank details, should inform his credit institution and report.
rumors that Whatsapp will soon be charged, come up again and again.. (dpa / tmn)
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Beware: Those free WhatsApp backups on Google Drive aren’t encrypted .
A few days ago, we learned that Facebook and Google partnered to offer users free Google Drive backups for WhatsApp chats. Before you get too excited about the deal, you should know that Drive backups won’t be protected by the same encryption that guards all your WhatsApp chats.