WhatsApp has hit 2 billion users - but the Facebook app still has more

2020-02-13 14:44

WhatsApp has accumulated 500 million more users since 2018, but still has fewer users than the core Facebook app.

Here's everything we know about how Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia was apparently able to hack Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone

2020-01-22 20:43

UN investigators reported Wednesday that there is "reasonable certainty" that Crown Prince Mohammed was involved in hacking Jeff Bezos' phone.

WhatsApp will no longer work on a bunch of phones – but your odds of being okay are pretty good in South Africa

2019-12-31 13:38

WhatsApp is dropping support for old versions of iOS, Android, and Windows phones. You could be affected – but statistics for South Africa suggest that is very unlikely.

Lebanon is swarming with protests that began over a proposed R2,96 WhatsApp tax but have since spiralled into chaos

2019-10-21 09:03

People initially flooded the streets of cities like Beirut and Tripoli against a proposed tax but soon pushed back on wider issues like corruption.

A new iPhone feature lets you make emojis of yourself for WhatsApp– so we made Cyril Ramaphosa, Tito Mboweni, Patricia de Lille, and Julius Malema

2019-10-09 09:14

We put the feature to good use making our own South African politician Memojis.

A security firm says it has discovered a flaw in WhatsApp that would allow hackers to alter your messages

2019-08-08 14:22

WhatsApp attackers could literally 'put words in [someone's] mouth,' security firm Check Point Research said in a press release on Wednesday.

WhatsApp faces international pressure to hand over access to encrypted chats

2019-07-31 19:06

The UK hosted the "Five Eyes" nations for a security summit, and encrypted messaging apps was discussed by the officials present.

This is what likely caused Facebook’s outage - and why SA banks should be concerned

2019-07-04 18:00

New South African bank’s such as TymeBank and Discovery Bank are almost exclusively hosted online.

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down in SA

2019-07-03 17:00

The first network issues were reported shortly before 16:00 today.

WhatsApp says it will be shutting down spam from December – here’s how

2019-06-12 12:19

The Facebook-owned WhatsApp says it is determined its platform should be used only for one-on-one communication – and from early December it will be coming down hard on anyone who uses it for bulk messaging instead.


WhatsApp disclosed 12 security flaws last year, including 7 classified as 'critical,' after Jeff Bezos phone was reportedly hacked

2020-01-28 18:02

The disclosure of WhatsApp's security flaws follows reports that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone had been hacked by the Saudi Crown Prince.

Facebook has cancelled efforts to put ads in WhatsApp, more than a year after its founders resigned in protest of the effort

2020-01-17 08:23

Facebook's move to disband WhatsApp's ad team comes more than 18 months after WhatsApp cofounders Brian Acton and Jan Koum left the company.

American regulators are considering blocking Facebook from combining WhatsApp, Instagram and its other apps

2019-12-12 22:24

The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly considering filing an injunction against Facebook that would bar it from further integrating its services.

Experts say #WhatsAppStokvel has elements of pyramid scheme: ‘It’s not an investment, it’s a scam’

2019-10-10 13:41

While the intentions of this stokvel might be good, the dangers are the same as any pyramid scheme.

We messed up on WhatsApp. Here’s what our readers suggested as punishment.

2019-09-02 07:07

After a finger-trouble incident we asked our readers for suggestions on how to deal with it – and learnt more about them than we had counted on.

Instagram and WhatsApp are getting longer names , Facebook confirms

2019-08-03 08:31

The change comes as Facebook faces an American antitrust investigation over its acquisitions of rival apps.

The Israeli firm behind software used to hack WhatsApp boasted that it can scrape data from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft cloud servers

2019-07-20 09:37

The Financial Times reviewed NSO sales documents, which said its system could obtain a target's location data history, archived messages, and photos.

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are all working again after an outage that affected photos for about 9 hours

2019-07-04 06:25

Facebook's suite of apps, including Instagram, WhatsApp, and the big blue app, all experienced outages on Wednesday.

Mark Zuckerberg laid out his case for why lawmakers shouldn't 'take a big hammer' to Facebook

2019-06-27 17:47

Mark Zuckerberg argues that Facebook's enormous size is what enables it to fight problems like election interference.

Apple and WhatsApp are trying to fight off plans from British spies to 'ghost' their way into your encrypted messages

2019-05-31 08:44

GCHQ's so-called 'ghost proposal' would require messaging services to build a system for secretly adding government entities to private chats.

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