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WhatsApp now forced to share data with Facebook

No more opt-out option

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For years, Facebook has notoriously misused its users’ data, prompting several legal actions in numerous countries including the United States. However, though Facebook’s own reputation plummeted, the company’s sibling platforms got through relatively unscathed. That, unfortunately, was always going to change. Now, despite previous promises to the contrary, WhatsApp is now requiring users to share their data with Facebook.

Today, the messaging company updated its privacy policy. WhatsApp must now share all its data with other Facebook companies. This will include all identifying information including IP addresses, phone data, location data, and possibly even payment data. Naturally, this also covers the basics such as messages and contacts. As expected, WhatsApp states that the information is used only for analytic purposes.

Starting on February 8, users have no choice but to agree to the terms. There is no opt-out option. It’s either say yes or uninstall the app.

The update rolls out globally except in the European Union. The region’s stricter GDPR policies prevent internet companies from sharing their data with other parties. Unfortunately, other regions have not implemented similar policies.

Years ago, WhatsApp promised minimal data sharing between companies, marking a difference from Facebook’s more invasive policies. However, with Facebook’s renewed drive to simplify its platforms, both Instagram and WhatsApp are now drawn into Facebook’s web. Already, Facebook has simplified both apps’ messaging system into one ecosystem.

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Twitter users can now report photos posted without their permission

Reserved for private users

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Privacy is an important issue in today’s online world. People are now more aware about their data online. To reflect the shifting zeitgeist, social media networks have started issuing stricter guidelines when it comes to sharing and obtaining information. Twitter, at the forefront of a privacy-induced revolution, has introduced a new feature to help keep everyone safe online.

Starting today, private Twitter users can report photos of themselves posted by other people without their permission. As the official blog post indicates, “there are growing concerns about the misuse of media and information that is not available elsewhere online as a tool to harass, intimidate, and reveal the identities of individuals.” Though Twitter has always clamped down on sensitive information, such as those used to doxx individuals, the new policy now covers media including photos and videos.

The new policy only covers private individuals and information. As such, the platform will still allow photos of public figures and those used for public discourse. Since Twitter allows for some leeway, the platform’s moderators will still evaluate filed complaints on a case-to-case basis.

Interesting enough, Twitter quickly implemented the feature right after the company’s founder Jack Dorsey stepped down from his position as CEO and chairman. If this is any indication of the company’s future trajectory, it’s a step in the right direction.

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Successors named

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.

On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.

First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.

Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.

Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.

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Dubsmash is shutting down after short resurgence

Its legacy continues on Reddit

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The sudden resurrection of Dubsmash turned some heads recently. Years since its heyday, the forgotten app suddenly resurfaced to capitalize on the still-ongoing short-form video trend that TikTok started. The app’s resurgence potentially hinted at Dubsmash’s return to form. However, it looks it might not be the renaissance it was hoping for. Dubsmash will shut down early next year.

Last year, Facebook sought to acquire the platform in an attempt to compete against TikTok. Several brands and social media platforms had much to gain from successfully going for the video-sharing platform. Ultimately, Reddit acquired the company. Though Dubsmash certainly subsisted through Reddit, it hasn’t caught up with TikTok.

Now, Reddit has announced that they are shutting the platform down for good on February 22, 2022. On that date, the app will no longer be available on digital app stores. Further, it will no longer work on devices it is still installed in.

Dubsmash isn’t completely dead yet, though. Reddit is incorporating the app’s camera tools into its own photo-sharing platform. For a while now, Reddit has its own dedicated section for videos. It’s not exactly a TikTok competitor, but it does offer much of the same features. With Dubsmash’s features bolstering the platform, users can now customize their content even more.

Reddit has high hopes going forward with its improved video-sharing platform.

SEE ALSO: TikTok overtakes YouTube in hours watched

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