Former New Yorkers Are Networking Through WhatsApp

The chat groups in Los Angeles and Miami have become so popular that now there are waiting lists.

#los-angeles-calif, #miami-fla, #new-york-city, #raleigh-nc, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc

Adults or Sexually Abused Minors? Getting It Right Vexes Facebook

The company reports millions of photos and videos of suspected child sexual abuse each year. But when ages are unclear, young people are treated as adults and the images are not reported to the authorities.

#accenture-ltd, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #davis-antigone, #facebook-inc, #instant-messaging, #meta-platforms-inc, #sex-crimes, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc

Americans Can’t Quit SMS

The world loves WhatsApp and other texting apps. Americans are chatting in their own bubble.

#internal-sub-only-nl, #mobile-applications, #smartphones, #text-messaging, #whatsapp-inc

Facebook Profits Jump 17 Percent

The results in the latest quarter are a sign of the company’s financial strength as it faces a public relations crisis.

#company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #new-york-times, #social-media, #stocks-and-bonds, #wall-street-journal, #whatsapp-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

What Is Facebook Worth to Us?

All public policy is about tradeoffs. Tech regulation is no exception.

#computer-network-outages, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #instagram-inc, #internal-sub-only, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #whatsapp-inc, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook’s Apps Went Down. The World Saw How Much It Runs on Them.

The outage disrupted the digital lives of small-business owners, politicians, aid workers and others. But for some, it was a welcome reprieve.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bogota-colombia, #brazil, #colombia, #computer-network-outages, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #latin-america, #manitoba-canada, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #mobile-applications, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rio-de-janeiro-brazil, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc

Facebook Apps Went Down for Hours Worldwide

When apps used by billions of people worldwide blinked out, lives were disrupted, businesses were cut off from customers — and some Facebook employees were locked out of their offices.

#computer-network-outages, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc

Facebook Said to Consider Forming an Election Commission

The social network has contacted academics to create a group to advise it on thorny election-related decisions, said people with knowledge of the matter.

#computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #oversight-board-facebook, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #whatsapp-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Are Apple’s Tools Against Child Abuse Bad for Your Privacy?

The backlash to Apple’s efforts to fight child sexual abuse show that in the debate between privacy and security, there are few easy answers.

#apple-inc, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-pornography, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #holder-eric-h-jr, #icloud, #iphone, #kutcher-ashton, #national-center-for-missing-and-exploited-children, #privacy, #sex-crimes, #smartphones, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #whatsapp-inc

Iranian Disinformation Effort Went Small to Stay Under Big Tech’s Radar

The effort, targeting activists in Israel, was the latest indication that governments are trying new, harder-to-detect methods to sow discontent online.

#facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #iran, #israel, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #whatsapp-inc

WhatsApp Sues India’s Government to Stop New Internet Rules

The rules, which would require WhatsApp to make people’s messages traceable, would violate people’s privacy, the messaging service said.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #india, #instant-messaging, #modi-narendra, #privacy, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #whatsapp-inc

Mob Violence Against Palestinians in Israel Is Fueled by Groups on WhatsApp

Jewish extremists have formed more than 100 new groups on the Facebook-owned encrypted messaging app in recent days to target attacks.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hamas, #instant-messaging, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #mobile-applications, #palestinians, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #telegram-llc, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #whatsapp-inc

How Lies on Social Media Are Inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Misinformation has flourished on Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and other social media about the violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

#arabic-language, #computers-and-the-internet, #funerals-and-memorials, #gaza-strip, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #telegram-llc, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #whatsapp-inc, #youtube-com

Lies on Social Media Inflame Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Misinformation has flourished on Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and other social media about the violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

#arabic-language, #computers-and-the-internet, #funerals-and-memorials, #gaza-strip, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #telegram-llc, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #whatsapp-inc, #youtube-com

Are Private Messaging Apps the Next Misinformation Hot Spot?

Telegram and Signal, the encrypted services that keep conversations confidential, are increasingly popular. Our tech columnists discuss whether this could get ugly.

#chen-brian-x, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #social-media, #telegram-llc, #twitter, #whatsapp-inc

What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels

Requiring that app makers list the data they collect reveals a lot about what some apps do with our information (ahem, WhatsApp) but creates confusion about others.

#advertising-and-marketing, #apple-inc, #apple-music, #audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #instant-messaging, #labeling-and-labels-product, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #software, #spotify, #web-browsers, #whatsapp-inc

WhatsApp Delays Privacy Changes Amid User Backlash

The company faced a backlash from users who worried the changes made the messaging service less secure.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc

Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

The encrypted messaging services have become the world’s hottest apps over the last week, driven by growing anxiety over the power of the biggest tech companies and privacy concerns.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #durov-pavel-valeryevich-1984, #facebook-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #moxie-marlinspike, #parler-llc, #privacy, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #telegram-llc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whatsapp-inc

Fake News Is Affecting Immigrant Communities, Too

Right-wing conspiracy theories have infiltrated Asian and Latino communities through platforms like WeChat and WhatsApp. Democrats must take notice.

#asian-americans, #chinese-americans, #democratic-party, #facebook-inc, #hispanic-americans, #korean-americans, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #taiwanese-americans, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vietnamese-americans, #wechat-mobile-app, #whatsapp-inc

The Trustbusters Come for Facebook. Finally.

The government decides to try to enforce antitrust laws.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-protection, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #justice-department, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc

Yes, Facebook Has Become a Menace

It’s not too late for the government to take back power from Big Tech.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #gates-bill, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #microsoft-corp, #whatsapp-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Why the F.T.C. and States Want to Break Up Facebook

The F.T.C. and more than 40 states seek to break up the tech giant.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #boies-schillerflexner, #boies-david, #conway-ron, #facebook-inc, #initial-public-offerings, #instagram-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #sequoia-capital, #social-media, #softbank-corporation, #whatsapp-inc

‘On Social Media, There Are Thousands’: In Cuba, Internet Fuels Rare Protests

Artists gathered by the hundreds in Cuba’s largest protest in decades after seeing videos of police detentions that were filmed on cellphones and circulated online.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #cuba, #culture-arts, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #havana-cuba, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #whatsapp-inc, #youtube-com

False Political News in Spanish Pits Latino Voters Against Black Lives Matter

On family WhatsApp groups and in Spanish-language media, misinformation paints 2020 as a zero-sum game.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #colombia, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #florida, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hispanic-americans, #instant-messaging, #miami-fla, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #radio, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #spanish-language, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela, #whatsapp-inc

Iranian Hackers Can Beat Encrypted Apps like Telegram, Researchers Say

Reports reveal that hackers have been secretly gathering intelligence on opponents of the Iranian regime, breaking into cellphones and computers and outsmarting apps like Telegram.

#computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #iran, #telegram-llc, #whatsapp-inc

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Is the Most Powerful Unelected Man in America

Facebook is too big for democracy.

#facebook-inc, #hughes-chris-1983, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Hong Kong Security Law Sets Stage for Global Internet Fight

As the city grapples with new restrictions on online speech, American tech giants are on the front line of a clash between China and the United States over the internet’s future.

#censorship, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #computer-security, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #hong-kong, #mobile-applications, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitter, #whatsapp-inc

TikTok to Withdraw From Hong Kong as Tech Giants Halt Data Requests

Google, Facebook and Twitter said they were reviewing China’s punitive new national security law for the city, a rare public questioning of Chinese policy by major American tech companies.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hong-kong, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #telegram-llc, #whatsapp-inc

Facebook Temporarily Stops Hong Kong Data Requests

The social network said it would review the city’s punitive new national security law, a rare public questioning of Chinese policy by a large American tech company.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hong-kong, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #telegram-llc, #whatsapp-inc

Now More Than Ever, Facebook Is a ‘Mark Zuckerberg Production’

For years, he was an obsessive C.E.O. in some ways, distant in others. Then Facebook’s problems became too acute to leave to anyone else.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #instagram-inc, #kaplan-joel-d, #presidential-election-of-2016, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

How a 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Fueled Arson and Harassment in Britain

A conspiracy theory linking the spread of the coronavirus to 5G wireless technology has spurred more than 100 incidents this month, British officials said.

#5g-wireless-communications, #arson, #bt-group-plc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #great-britain, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #instagram-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #twitter, #vandalism, #vodafone-group-plc, #whatsapp-inc, #wireless-communications, #youtube-com

Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever

Amazon is hiring aggressively to meet customer demand. Traffic has soared on Facebook and YouTube. And cloud computing has become essential to home workers.

#airbnb, #alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-centers, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #netflix-inc, #quarantines, #social-media, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #whatsapp-inc, #youtube-com, #zoom-video-communications