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Platform News: Russia and Twitter

Russia extends punitive Twitter slowdown until mid-May

Russia has said it would extend a punitive slowdown of Twitter until May 15, though it acknowledged the US social media company had speeded up deletion of what Moscow calls banned ...

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

India antitrust watchdog orders probe into WhatsApp’s new privacy policy

India’s competition watchdog has ordered a probe into a WhatsApp privacy policy update, saying the Facebook-owned messaging service had breached antitrust laws.

Platform News: Telegram, the popular messaging app from Russia

Telegram raises $1 billion through bond sales

Telegram has raised over $1 billion through bond sales to multiple investors, the messaging app’s founder Pavel Durov said on Tuesday.

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

WhatsApp to move ahead with privacy update despite backlash

Late last week, WhatsApp said it will go ahead with its controversial privacy policy update but will allow users to read it at “their own pace” and will also display a ...

Platform News: Opening the WhatsApp app on a smartphone

India asks WhatsApp to withdraw privacy policy update

India’s tech ministry has asked WhatsApp to withdraw changes to its privacy policy that the popular Facebook-owned messenger declared this month, saying the new provisions ta...

Platform News: Opening the WhatsApp app on a smartphone

WhatsApp to delay launch of update business features after privacy backlash

WhatsApp is delaying an upgrade aimed toward increasing business transactions on the stage after a storm of concern from users who feared that the messaging platform was watering d...

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

Signal ramps up hiring after WhatsApp controversy drives downloads

Messaging app Signal has seen “unprecedented” growth after a controversial change in rival WhatsApp’s privacy policy and is seeking to hire more staff as it attem...

Platform Industry: President Trump, Social Media, Section 230 and Fake News

Social media platform Parler gets backing from Mercer family

Social networking platform Parler, that styles itself as a “free speech-driven” area, gets funding from hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer along with his daughter and co...

Platform News: Telegram, the popular messaging app from Russia

Internet blackout in Belarus leaves protest groups in the dark

Protest groups in Belarus are attempting to use Telegram to organise anti-government action, but say an alleged internet shutdown orchestrated by the government has been effective ...

Tencent WeChat

WeChat ban cuts off US users link to families in China

President Trump’s ban on transactions using popular Chinese messaging app WeChat will cut ties to families and friends in China, millions of consumers in the United States fe...

Platform Industry: Hackers and cyber security

History of hacks on social media platforms

The hack of Twitter that compromised the accounts of prominent including US presidential candidate Joe Biden and former US President Barack Obama was one of the most dramatic of th...

Platform News: Telegram, the popular messaging app from Russia

Telegram to pay $18.5 million, return investor money to settle SEC charges

Telegram Group Inc has agreed to return $1.2 billion to investors and pay an $18.5 million civil penalty to resolve charges over an unregistered digital token coin offering, the US...