Facebook overhauls messaging as it pivots to privacy
Robie de Guzman • May 1, 2019 • 1325
Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has revealed a series of changes to the firm’s portfolio of social platforms, including Instagram and Whatsapp.
The new designs and features for its apps are a direct response to widespread criticism of how the firm protects user data.
Zuckerberg said the company plans to put privacy first.
He acknowledged that there was much to do to rebuild trust.
In a speech to developers, Zuckerberg described the firm’s new focus on privacy as “a major shift” in how the company is run.
“As the world gets bigger and more connected, we need that sense of intimacy more than ever, so that’s why I believe that the future is private. This is the next chapter for our services,” Zuckerberg said.
Some of the more visible changes to those who use the firm’s products will include:
Messages sent via messenger will be end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning Facebook itself won’t see the contents, and the platform will be fully integrated with Whatsapp.
Instagram is trialing a “private like counts” feature which would hide the “likes” a post attracts from viewers, but not the account owner.
A whatsapp secure payment service trialled in India is set to be rolled out to other countries later this year.
“It’s going to take time, I’m sure we are going to keep unearthing old issues for a while, so it may feel like we are not making progress at first but I think that we have shown time and time again as a company that we can do what it takes to evolve and build the products that people want,” Zuckerberg said.
Other Facebook executives introduced changes within the Messenger and Instagram apps aimed at helping businesses connect with customers, including appointment booking and enhanced shopping features, as well as a tool to lure customers into direct conversations with companies via ads. (REUTERS)
The word ‘grief’ is not enough to describe the pain of losing a love one.
Vanessa Bryant expressed her devastation on Instagram after her husband Kobe and daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash on Sunday (January 26).
“There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now,” she said.
There will be no words but only emptiness: in the shoes that will never set foot on the court, mugs that will never be filled during a beautiful Sunday morning, or family pictures that will never be the same.
Bryant also expressed her gratitude to the people who offered their support. She also asked everyone to grant them “the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality.”
“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them,” she said in her post.
She also offered her condolences to the other victims of the crash and called on the public to support the other families affected by the tragedy.
“To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org,” she said.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Friday warned the public against an unauthorized account, bearing central bank’s name and logo, on the photo-sharing app Instagram.
In an advisory, the BSP said the account “bangko_sentral_lottery” is confirmed to be a scam and is not associated with the central bank.
It advises the public not to share any personal information or transact through the said account.
“The account, which uses the BSP’s name and logo, is not associated with the BSP and the central bank has made the necessary representation for Instagram to take down said unauthorized account,” it said.
The BSP has existing and verified accounts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
San Francisco, USA – Facebook and Twitter announced Monday that an app store bug allowed hundreds of users’ personal data to be accessed by third-party developers of some applications downloaded from the Google Play store.
While the companies did not directly expose user information, they said a bug in a development software managed by One Audience allowed the breach. It gave outside developers access to users’ personal information including email addresses, usernames and shared content.
“While we have no evidence to suggest that this was used to take control of a Twitter account, it is possible that a person could do so,” Twitter wrote on a blog post about the matter.
Facebook and Twitter reported the finding in their statements, saying they were aware hundreds of people were affected and that they planned to notify those concerned that their data may have been accessed without their explicit consent.
Personal data may have been accessed after users used their Facebook or Twitter account to sign up for applications created by One Audience downloaded from the Google Play store.
Although both social media companies avoided mentioning specific applications, US media pointed out that at least two could be photo editing programs Giant Square and Photofy.
“After investigating, we removed the apps from our platform for violating our platform policies and issued cease and desist letters against One Audience and Mobiburn,” Facebook wrote Monday in a statement. EFE-EPA
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