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WhatsApp, which has around 1.5 billion users, has been trying to find ways to stop misuse of the app.

Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger service is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five, in a bid to fight “misinformation(...)

A new study has found 90% of physicians felt they could not provide the best possible clinical care without using instant messaging. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Doctors in Irish hospitals are “routinely” exchanging sensitive patient data using phone apps such as WhatsApp, potentially putting them in breach of (...)

Facebook has been fined by French privacy watchdog CNIL. The €150,000 fine is small in the context of the company which has quarterly revenue of about $8bn

Facebook has been fined €150,000 by France’s CNIL data watchdog for failure to prevent its users’ data from being accessed by advertisers. The Commis(...)

WhatsApp has announced plans to share users’ phone numbers with its parent company Facebook. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

When mobile messaging service WhatsApp was bought for $19 billion (€17 billion) by Facebook in 2014 , it promised there would be no significant change(...)

 Facebook and Microsoft would have to abide by “security and confidentiality provisions” demanded by the EU. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Brussels will tighten its regulatory grip over services such as WhatsApp and Skype in a radical overhaul of the EU’s rules on telecoms due out in Sept(...)

Decision comes following security and privacy blips

The Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has just announced full end-to-end encryption. What’s up with this and what does it mean for its one bil(...)

Draft legislation is expected as soon as this week. Image: Thinkstock

The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would allow judges to require technology companies such as Apple to he(...)

The audience for social media is  fragmenting, with different players dominating in different countries. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

WhatsApp is emerging as “a key network for news” in some countries, while Twitter is influential but not as popular as journalists sometimes assume(...)

Facebook is seeking EU antitrust approval to buy WhatsApp. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Facebook is seeking European Union antitrust approval for its plan to buy WhatsApp, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans. Facebook (...)

Christian Jago-Byrne, Microsoft’s digital advertising manager. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

While newer, headline-grabbing rival WhatsApp is sticking (for now) with its “no ads” policy, Microsoft is busy persuading marketers that they can rea(...)

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