Tag: Whatsapp

Facebook, WhatsApp confirm outage, says working to get things back to normal

Facebook-owned instant messaging platform, WhatsApp has confirmed the outage of its service while promising users it is working to get things back to normal. NewsWireNGR had earlier reported that applications owned by Facebook, Inc. were hit by outages. The applications which include Facebook (social media/connection application), Instagram (photo-sharing platform), and[Read More…]

WhatsApp to function independent of smartphone connection

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has announced the launch of a trial aimed at freeing its users from smartphones. In a blog post on Wednesday, Facebook engineers said the new feature would allow for the hugely popular service be used on multiple “non-phone” devices without needing to connect to the smartphone[Read More…]

Nigeria budgets N4.8 billion for NIA to track, intercepts and monitor WhatsApp messages

The Nigerian government has earmarked N4.8 billion for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to monitor WhatsApp, an encrypted messaging application, and Thuraya, a satellite telephone. According to TheCable, the provision is contained in the supplementary 2021 budget passed by the national assembly. On Wednesday, the National Assembly approved the sum[Read More…]

‘Explore other social messaging platforms with respectable privacy limits’ – FG warns against WhatsApp

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has advised Nigerians to be cautious of privacy concerns while they use the world’s most popular instant social messaging platform, WhatsApp. NITDA expressed this worry in a press statement issued and made available to NewsWireNGR on Tuesday. As a solution, NITDA urged Nigerians[Read More…]

WhatsApp users’ personal data to be shared with Facebook in new app update

WhatsApp users must agree to share their personal information with Facebook and its wider empire if they want to continue using the messaging service from next month, according to its terms and conditions. “As part of the Facebook Companies, WhatsApp receives information from, and shares information with, the other Facebook[Read More…]

WhatsApp officially launches ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature

WhatsApp is introducing a “disappearing messages” option that will erase chats from the phone of both the sender and recipient after seven days. The Facebook-owned app, which has two billion users worldwide, said the setting would help keep chats private. But it said recipients would still be able to screenshot[Read More…]

WhatsApp Puts New Limits On The Forwarding Of Viral Messages

With heightened scrutiny on the potential of private message apps to spread misinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic, WhatsApp on Tuesday said it would place new limits on the forwarding of messages. Starting today, messages that have been identified as “highly forwarded” — sent through a chain of five or[Read More…]

WhatsApp To Drop Annual Subscription Fee

Popular messaging app WhatsApp will no longer require users to pay a $1 annual fee to use its service. This was announced through a blog post on the WhatsApp website.   The company, which is owned by Facebook, said it had nearly a billion customers around the world who use[Read More…]

WhatsApp Web Client For iOS Finally Available

WhatsApp has finally added iOS to the platforms supported by its web app. Despite being launched earlier this year WhatsApp Web was solely limited to Android and Windows Phone users. With this new development, this means that iPhone users can now sync their WhatsApp accounts and chats to WhatsApp Web[Read More…]

WhatsApp Hits 800 Million Active Users

WhatsApp, the mobile messaging application, has achieved a milestone with a record of over 800 million monthly active users. In a Facebook post, CEO and co-founder, Jan Koum said, “WhatsApp – now serving 800,000,000 monthly active users. Reminder for the press out there: active and registered users are not the[Read More…]