Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp and Instagram, again apologized for the disruption in its services for users around the world on October 8. However, the company blamed the ''configuration change'' for the problems. ''We fixed the issue - thanks again for your patience this week,'' said the company. Earlier, Facebook blamed the outage that had caused inconvenience to its users for nearly six hours on October 4.
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Messaging app Telegram's founder Pavel Durov on October 5 revealed that we have gained over 70 million new users within hours when WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger went down a day ago. ''We welcome over 70 million refugees from other platforms in one day,'' Durov said on Telegram. Notably, Facebook said a faulty configuration led to the disruption on its platforms for nearly six hours.
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Owing to the hours of disruption in WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook on October 4, Mark Zuckerberg lost nearly $7 billion in a few hours. Following the massive loss, his position in the billionaires' list also drops down from 3rd to 5th, placing him below Bill Gates, said Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. Besides, following the social media platforms that went down, Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said, ''We apologize for any inconvenience… read-more
WhatsApp has revealed in a monthly compliance report that it banned over 20 lakh accounts in India in August. Reportedly, the company primarily banned the account because of unauthorised use of automated or bulk messages. ''Our top focus is preventing accounts from sending harmful or unwanted messages at scale,'' said Whatsapp. Earlier in July, it had banned over 30 lakh accounts between June 16 to July 31.
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While talking to NDTV on September 25, the Chief of Facebook India made a clear stand over impartial policies Facebook enforces. Facebook was accused of refusing to take action against a BJP leader for "hate speech". Ajit Mohan categorically mentioned that the company welcomes the IT rules and will try and comply as "we have the utmost respect for Indian law".
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The messaging giant, WhatsApp is expected to release a new upgrade that will make its new privacy rules optional. According to the WaBetaInfo report, users will not be forced to accept revised privacy rules. Reportedly, WhatsApp users who wish to send messages to business accounts that use cloud providers will have to review and accept new conditions. “To chat with business, review and accept the WhatsApp update,” stated Whatsapp in… read-more
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To assist its users, WhatsApp on August 23 decided to allow its users to find vaccination centres and book vaccine slots under the "MyGov Corona Helpdesk" on its platform. A WhatsApp number "+91 9013151515" has also been issued to connect with the chatbot. Users can now book the slots by typing "Book Slot" and sending it to the number. Moreover, the chatbot allows everyone to download vaccine certificates at ease.
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Messaging giant Whatsapp has added a new feature that aids people to choose payment background while doing transactions. “With Payments Backgrounds, our effort is to bring excitement to everyday payments through WhatsApp and enable our users to express themselves if they wish,” said Mahesh Mahatme, Director of Whatsapp payment. The feature is similar to GooglePay where the user can avail backgrounds while doing money transactions.
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The facebook-owned messaging platform, WhatsApp has announced a new feature that will allow users to join a group call in the middle of it and at their preferred time. This new feature has been effective from July 20. WhatsApp group calls will show a similar feature of Zoom and Google Meet which allows users to join on their preferences. Users can drop and rejoin the call at their convenience.
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The facebook-owned digital messaging platform, Whatsapp has evicted over 1 million Indian accounts within May 15- June 15 period. The app also recorded 345 grievance reports during the same time period. Reportedly, the majority of the accounts were banned for spamming users and automated messaging. Also, some accounts were banned for using provoking content. Every month, at least eight million accounts are disabled globally.
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