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WhatsApp gives in on its policy, fearing the exodus to Signal


The policy update has been postponed. A real admission of weakness.

Last week there was a massive exodus to Telegram and Signal for WhatsApp users. At issue: a new privacy policy chosen by Facebook, giving access to instant messaging data to the social network of the same name. Today, WhatsApp announces in a press release that the change will ultimately not take place.

The week had been difficult for WhatsApp which had decided, first of all, to play it transparent with press releases explaining its protection of privacy and encrypted messages. The strategy had not worked, and Signal continued to see its number of users grow , with a first position in the ranking of the most downloaded applications.

As an admission of weakness, WhatsApp resolved to say no: its new policy will not be implemented. Not yet, in any case. The controversial update may arrive in three months depending on the announced postponement. We know there has been confusion and misinformation about this update, and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts,” his team said.

Give up, rather than procrastinate

The update affected all WhatsApp users. Each country where messaging is present is affected, and some of them have reacted strongly. This is the case with Turkey. The country’s competition authority has opened an investigation into Facebook and WhatsApp and is asking companies to stop this information-sharing effort altogether.

Giving up its implementation rather than just procrastinating, Facebook could be led to make the decision quickly. The current suspicions of monopoly conduct of GAFA could motivate him even more. The wave of departure of users looking for alternatives to WhatsApp like Signal is not to be overlooked either.

For the next few months, a lot of confusion will remain. WhatsApp’s new privacy policy was originally scheduled to go into effect on February 8. It will therefore be on May 15, if Facebook does not take other measures by then.

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Signal or whatsApp, what’s the difference?

Signal, the privacy-friendly messaging app, is emerging as WhatsApp’s main competitor. Downloads for this app rose 4,200% this week  after WhatsApp announced that its users should start giving certain data to its parent company, Facebook .

Here is a list of the main differences between the two encrypted messaging platforms to help you decide which one you will use.

Who owns WhatsApp?

In 2014, Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook bought WhatsApp, co-founded by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, for $ 22 billion.

In 2014, Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook bought WhatsApp, co-founded by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, for $ 22 billion. During the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social network admitted that 87 million people could have accessed the data. WhatsApp’s own co-founders then turned their backs on the company.

Who owns Signal?

Brian Acton has injected $ 50 million of his capital into his rival app(Signal).

Signal is managed by the nonprofit Signal Foundation. Brian Acton and Moxie Marlinspike, CEO of Signal, co-founded this structure in February 2018. According to the Signal Foundation website, Brian Acton left Whatsapp after the acquisition of Facebook “due to differences in the use of customer data and targeted advertising ”. Management donated $ 50 million to start the Signal Foundation, and now sits on the organization’s board of directors.

Meredith Whittaker is the third member of the Signal Foundation board. She was a former Google engineer who helped organize the company and now defends the interests of workers in the tech industry.

How secure is WhatsApp?

Facebook cannot access chats due to end-to-end encryption, but the company can resell its users ‘data.Facebook has access to WhatsApp users’ phone numbers, IP addresses, mobile network, duration use of the application, payment data of its users, cookies and location data, Some users had chosen not to allow Facebook to access their personal data as of 2016.

But WhatsApp said if all users did not agree to share information by February 8, they would lose access to the app.

How secure is Signal ?

Signal indicates that it is not getting messages, groups, contacts, or profile information from its users. The only two pieces of information Signal collects are how long Signal was installed and when it was last installed. The company also opens the sources for all of its software, which means web users can see how the technician designed the software. application.

Signal has been recommended by many security experts, including Edward Snowden, Vice reporters, and The Intercept have also recommended using Signal over WhatsApp to ensure your messages stay private.

However, the application is not perfect. Security experts have warned of a new feature that allows users to recover data using a PIN code, which could potentially infringe on privacy. “The problem with this is that most people choose weak PINs.

Is WhatsApp easy to use?

WhatsApp appeals to more than two billion users with its ease of use and intuitiveness.The application is available on iOS and Android devices, and automatically synchronizes your phone contacts list, since users are identified by their mobile number . Users can form chat groups, make voice and video calls, and make free international calls using Wi-Fi. They can also share their location, documents, and files with others. WhatsApp also allows adding a PIN to set up two-step verification before accessing the app, and WhatsappInsider also reported on tips that WhatsApp users can add to improve its usage.

Is Signal easy to use?

Signal has fewer customizable features than WhatsApp. The app is available on iOS, Android, and Mac and PC. Users can send each other photos, videos, links and other files. As with WhatsApp, they can also remove messages and photos whenever they want. Internet users can initiate audio and video calls, and form groups of up to 150 people.

The beta version of Signal, however, has more to offer users than the standard app. It allows you to create chat rooms, designate administrators and send invitations for your group.

Original versions:  Allana Akhtar / Business Insider

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Signal ou whatsApp, quelle est la différence ?

Signal, l’application de messagerie respectant la vie privée, est en train d’émerger comme principal concurrent de WhatsApp. Les téléchargements de cette application ont augmenté de 4200% cette semaine après que WhatsApp a annoncé que ses utilisateurs devraient commencer à donner certaines données à sa société mère, Facebook.

Voici une liste des principales différences entre les deux plateformes de messagerie cryptée pour vous aider à choisir celle que vous utiliserez.

Qui est propriétaire de WhatsApp ?

En 2014, Facebook de Mark Zuckerberg a acheté WhatsApp, co-fondée par Brian Acton et Jan Koum, pour 22 milliards de dollars.

En 2014, Facebook de Mark Zuckerberg a acheté WhatsApp, co-fondée par Brian Acton et Jan Koum, pour 22 milliards de dollars.Lors du scandale de Cambridge Analytica, le réseau social avait admis que 87 millions de personnes auraient pu avoir accès aux données de ses utilisateurs.Les propres co-fondateurs de Whatsapp ont ensuite tourné le dos à l’entreprise .

Qui est propriétaire de Signal ?

Brian Acton a injecté 50 millions de dollars de son capital dans son application rivale(Signal).

Signal est géré par l’organisation à but non lucratif Signal Foundation. Brian Acton et Moxie Marlinspike, PDG de Signal, ont co-fondé cette structure en février 2018. Selon le site web de la Signal Foundation, Brian Acton a quitté Whatsapp après l’acquisition de Facebook « en raison de différences concernant l’utilisation des données clients et de la publicité ciblée ». La direction a donné 50 millions de dollars pour lancer la Signal Foundation, et siège désormais au conseil d’administration de l’organisation.

Meredith Whittaker est le troisième membre du conseil d’administration de la Signal Foundation. C’est une ancienne ingénieure de Google qui a contribué à syndicaliser l’entreprise et défend maintenant les intérêts des travailleurs du secteur technologique.

Quel est le degré de sécurité de WhatsApp ?

Facebook ne peut pas accéder aux chats en raison du cryptage de bout en bout, mais la société peut revendre les données de ses utilisateurs.Facebook a accès aux numéros de téléphone des utilisateurs de WhatsApp, aux adresses IP, au réseau mobile, à la durée d’utilisation de l’application, aux données de paiement de ses utilisateurs, aux cookies et aux données de localisation, Certains utilisateurs avaient choisi de ne pas autoriser Facebook à accéder à leurs données personnelles dès 2016.

Mais WhatsApp a déclaré que si tous les utilisateurs n’acceptaient pas de partager des informations d’ici le 8 février, ils perdraient l’accès à l’application.

Quel est le degré de sécurité de Signal ?

Signal indique qu’elle n’obtient pas les messages, groupes, contacts ou informations de profil de ses utilisateurs. Les deux seules informations que Signal collecte sont la durée d’installation de Signal et la date de sa dernière installation.L’entreprise ouvre également les sources de tous ses logiciels, ce qui signifie que les internautes peuvent voir comment le technicien a conçu l’application.

Signal a été recommandé par de nombreux experts en sécurité, dont Edward Snowden, les journalistes de Vice et The Intercept ont aussi conseillé d’utiliser Signal plutôt que WhatsApp pour garantir que vos messages restent privés.

Cependant, l’application n’est pas parfaite. Les experts en sécurité ont mis en garde contre une nouvelle fonctionnalité permettant aux utilisateurs de récupérer des données à l’aide d’un code PIN, qui pourrait porter atteinte à la vie privée. « Le problème avec cela est que la plupart des gens choisissent des codes PIN faibles.

WhatsApp est-elle facile à utiliser?

WhatsApp séduit plus de deux milliards d’utilisateurs par sa facilité d’utilisation et son intuitivité.L’application est disponible sur les appareils iOS et Android, et synchronise automatiquement votre liste de contacts téléphoniques, puisque les utilisateurs sont identifiés par leur numéro de portable. Les utilisateurs peuvent former des groupes de discussion, passer des appels vocaux et vidéo, et passer des appels internationaux gratuits en utilisant le Wi-Fi. Ils peuvent aussi partager leur emplacement, leurs documents et leurs fichiers avec d’autres personnes. WhatsApp permet également d’ajouter un code PIN pour mettre en place une vérification en deux étapes avant d’accéder à l’application.WhatsappInsider a également fait état d’astuces que les utilisateurs de WhatsApp peuvent ajouter pour améliorer son utilisation. Les utilisateurs peuvent marquer les messages comme non lus et épingler les messages importants sur le chat, des fonctionnalités qui ne sont pas disponibles sur Signal.

Signal est-elle facile à utiliser?

Signal a moins de fonctionnalités personnalisables que WhatsApp. L’application est disponible sur iOS, Android et sur Mac et PC. Les utilisateurs peuvent s’envoyer des photos, des vidéos, des liens et d’autres fichiers. Comme pour WhatsApp, ils peuvent aussi retirer des messages et des photos quand ils le souhaitent.Les internautes peuvent lancer des appels audios et vidéos, et former des groupes de 150 personnes maximum.

La version bêta de Signal, cependant, a plus à offrir aux utilisateurs que l’application standard. Elle permet de créer des salons de discussion, désigner des administrateurs et envoyer des invitations pour votre groupe.

Versions originale : Allana Akhtar/Business Insider

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In addition to Donald Trump’s account, Twitter closes hundreds of QAnon-linked accounts

The personal account of the President of the United States was deleted overnight, as well as those of the main figures of this conspiratorial movement. Twitter justifies its decision by the fear of « new armed demonstrations » in the United States.

Donald Trump's Twitter account, closed on January 8.
Donald Trump’s Twitter account, closed on January 8. JOSHUA ROBERTS / REUTERS

Donald Trump is not the only one to have seen his personal Twitter account suspended on Friday January 8  : several hundred profiles linked to the conspiracy QAnon were also closed in the same movement.

The theory propagated by QAnon postulates that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against a pedophile cabal that secretly controls the US government, and even the world. When the Capitol was invaded on Wednesday, January 6, many pro-Trump demonstrators wore the symbols linked to this movement, which spread widely in the United States in 2020 thanks to confinement, but also to the electoral context.

On January 8, almost all of the movement’s influential figures lost their account, starting with retired Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn, an admired figure of QAnon. The account of Ron Watkins, a former administrator of the 8kun unmoderated board, and suspected of being one of the people behind the figure of « Q », has also been deleted. Just like those of conspiratorial « influencers » very followed, including « Praying Medic » or, for French speakers, that of the Quebec conspiratorialist Alexis Cossette-Trudel.null

Attorney Sydney Powell, who has been leading a massive disinformation campaign since Donald Trump’s defeat claiming that a massive voting machine fraud took place during the election, also had her account deleted. On the same day, Dominion Company, one of the largest distributors of voting machines in the United States, announced that it was filing a defamation suit against Ms. Powell – the company is claiming more than $ 1 billion in damages and interests.

An unprecedented but late wave of deletions

Twitter did not explain in detail the reasons for this spate of QAnon-related account closings. But in the statement posted explaining why Donald Trump’s account was finally suspended, Twitter mentions in particular the « plans for new armed demonstrations that have already started to proliferate on Twitter and elsewhere, including plans for a new attack on the Capitol this 17 January ” .

This is not the first time that Twitter has carried out a massive deletion of accounts linked to QAnon – in July, the social network had closed some 7,000 accounts , but these closings had largely spared the movement’s most popular figures. The January 8 series of deletions is generally considered late by movement specialists. « Twitter has finally decided to use the ax rather than a scalpel » , and writes the specialist journalist QAnon Travis View .

Some of the activists whose accounts have been censored have taken refuge on the unmoderated, pro-Trump social network Parler, which appears to be experiencing some disruption in the face of an influx of users and messages. Lawyer Sydney Powell denounces « fascist » censorship and calls on Donald Trump to declare a state of emergency.null

The Talk app was removed on January 8 from Google’s app store, and Apple threatens to do the same if the social network does not provide proof, within 24 hours, that it is in a position to moderate the calls for violence, many on this platform.

source le monde

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Facebook interdit Trump  » indéfiniment  »: Zuckerberg

Facebook a banni le président Donald Trump de la plate-forme «indéfiniment» en raison des efforts du dirigeant américain pour inciter à la violence dans la capitale américaine cette semaine, a déclaré le directeur général Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg a déclaré sur sa page Facebook que l’interdiction, annoncée mercredi pendant 24 heures, avait été prolongée en raison de «l’utilisation par Trump de notre plateforme pour inciter à une insurrection violente contre un gouvernement démocratiquement élu».

«Nous pensons que les risques de permettre au président de continuer à utiliser nos services pendant cette période sont tout simplement trop grands», a-t-il écrit.

«Par conséquent, nous étendons le blocage que nous avons placé sur ses comptes Facebook et Instagram indéfiniment et pendant au moins les deux prochaines semaines jusqu’à ce que la transition pacifique du pouvoir soit terminée.»