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WhatsApp limits message forwarding to 5 people at a time globally

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New Delhi: Whatsapp is now going to limit the number of messages being forwarded globally to five chats at a time. The company has already implemented it in India in July last year. Facebook’s company, Whatsapp, has taken this step to curb rumors and fake news from its platform.

Whatsapp wrote on Monday on its blog that this will help the users to focus on personal messages. The company said that we carefully evaluated this test and looked at the reactions received by the users for about six months. Due to the limit for forwarding the message, there will be a curb for sending messages across the world.

Whatsapp said, “Today, from Monday, all users using the latest version will be able to forward a message to only five persons” Whatsapp considers India, Brazil, and Indonesia as their main market. The company said that it will pay constant attention to the responses of the users and over time will adopt new approaches to dealing with the issue of ‘viral’ content.

Whatsapp’s spokesman said that the number of forward messages on WhatsApp decreased by 25 percent during the testing period. The spokesperson said that this is a sufficient number to deliver messages to the closest friends and prevent any misuse.

The company has taken this step at a time when governments and regulators across the world are exploring effective ways to prevent the spread of fake messages from digital platforms. There have been many incidents of the beating of the crowd due to the rumors circulated by WhatsApp in India. After this, in India, WhatsApp faced severe criticism from the government. After the government’s pressure, the company made the limit of messages forwarded to five persons at a time. Also, they have removed the fast forward button too.

In India, the number of people who use the WhatsApp is more than 200 million. Indeed, the Indian government wants to make social media platforms more accountable through the proposed changes in IT rules. The government is asking social media companies to make such systems which can identify and prevent illegal content.

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Zuckerberg wants to merge WhatsApp to Facebook Messenger

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his company is thinking about the merger of WhatsApp with Facebook Messager. The biggest question since Zuckerberg’s statement is that users who use WhatsApp are piling up on data security. Facebook told that it is working on end-to-end encryption to protect users data.

The end-to-end encryption means that no human can see those messages. User’s data is already protected under the end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp. But to take this feature on Facebook, users have to choose the option of secure messages. So far, Facebook has not provided any end-to-end encryption facility on Instagram.

Talking about the merger, Zuckerberg said, “These three apps will remain separate and the efforts are to bring end-to-end encryption on all platforms.” However, it has not been clear yet that all three apps How the end-to-end encryption will work after the merger. A New York Times report claims that this is a long process. After the change, If Facebook’s user messages to someone who is only on WhatsApp, then the message will remain in end-to-end encryption.

That’s why the threat to privacy

Due to rules regulating the messaging service, Facebook may have to face difficulties by merging it. However, an old Facebook security engineer believes that this step can prove to be good for the protection of people’s data.

But many tech experts believe Facebook can use this data for more advertising. There is also a problem in this merging that anyone on Messenger can connect with anyone without any ID or mobile number. This merger can also threaten the safety of people’s phone numbers.

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People know about you even if you aren’t Using Facebook: New Research

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New Delhi: If you have installed the Facebook app on your phone or used this platform, then there is startling news for you. Research has found that even if you are not on this platform, your friends are leaking your information. Research has been disclosed by the University of Vermont America and the University of Adelaide Australia. It has been said in this research that if a person leaves the social media platform or never joins them, then the posts written by his friends leak 95 percent of that person’s information.

To confirm that, the scientists took out data of 30 million public posts and 13905 Twitter users, to confirm this. With the help of this data, information from a tweet or a tweet from eight or 9 people will be enough to reveal person identity.

When you sign up on any social media platform, you feel you have given your information, but you also leak your friend’s information along with it. This is what mathematician James Bagro believes is part of this research. It was informed in this research that a company, government or an actor can know about any user about his interest in politics, favorite products, religious affiliation, in which information has been shared through his friends. There are also people who have never made an account on Facebook.

A professor said that you can not hide on the social network anymore, while the other feels that you are only controlling your privacy but it is not, because you are controlling your privacy with a lot of people.

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