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      Conspiracy, monetisation and weirdness: social media has become ungovernable | Nesrine Malik

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 1 April - 05:00 · 1 minute

    The royals are perennial clickbait, but the wild online bunkum over the Princess of Wales hints at new and darker forces

    On TikTok, there is a short clip of what an AI voiceover claims is a supposed “ring glitch” in the video in which Princess of Wales reveals her cancer diagnosis. It has 1.3 million views. Others, in which users “break down” aspects of the video and analyse the saga with spurious evidence, also rack up millions of views and shares. I have then seen them surface on X, formerly known as Twitter, and even shared on WhatsApp by friends and family, who see in these videos, presented as factual and delivered in reporter-style, nothing that indicates that this is wild internet bunkum.

    Something has changed about the way social media content is presented to us. It is both a huge and subtle shift. Until recently, types of content were segregated by platform. Instagram was for pictures and short reels, TikTok for longer videos, X for short written posts. Now Instagram reels post TikTok videos, which post Instagram reels, and all are posted on X. Often it feels like a closed loop, with the algorithm taking you further and further away from discretion and choice in who you follow. All social media apps now have the equivalent of a “For you” page, a feed of content from people you don’t follow, and which, if you don’t consciously adjust your settings, the homepage defaults to. The result is that increasingly, you have less control over what you see.

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      Banks fined $549M after senior execs found secretly texting on Signal, WhatsApp

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 8 August, 2023 - 19:22

    Banks fined $549M after senior execs found secretly texting on Signal, WhatsApp

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    Banks with employees covertly texting about official business on apps like Signal, WhatsApp, and iMessage have been caught red-handed. Now federal agencies are charging banks with violating laws requiring recordkeeping on all business matters.

    Today, the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) fined 11 firms a combined $549 million for what the SEC described as "widespread and longstanding failures by the firms and their employees to maintain and preserve electronic communications."

    Wells Fargo was hit with the biggest fines, agreeing to pay the SEC a $125 million penalty and the CFTC another $75 million. Fines for other firms—including Bank of Montreal, BMO Capital Markets Corp., BNP Paribas, Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc., Mizuho Securities USA, Moelis & Company LLC, SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc., Société Générale, and Wedbush Securities Inc.—ranged between $9 million and $75 million.

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      Musk calls out WhatsApp bug ahead of rolling out encrypted Twitter DMs

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 10 May, 2023 - 18:00

    Musk calls out WhatsApp bug ahead of rolling out encrypted Twitter DMs

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    The new features on Twitter keep coming, as CEO Elon Musk has announced that today the platform will release an early version of encrypted direct messages that will "grow in sophistication rapidly." The move seemingly signaled Musk's intention to entice users to spend more time on the platform by maximizing the privacy of personal communications.

    "The acid test is that I could not see your DMs even if there was a gun to my head," Musk tweeted.

    In the same tweet, Musk said that voice and video chat from Twitter handles would be "coming soon," and he confirmed that any users with the latest version of the app "can DM reply to any message in the thread (not just most recent) and use any emoji reaction."

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      […] des éléments de langage finissent à l'antenne, dans la bouche de #journalistes qui les reprennent à leur compte sans signaler leur provenance

      Mathias Poujol-Rost ✅ · Saturday, 1 April, 2023 - 08:03 edit


    Par Maurice Midena

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      Fighting VPN criminalization should be Big Tech’s top priority, activists say

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 20 March, 2023 - 11:00 · 1 minute

    Fighting VPN criminalization should be Big Tech’s top priority, activists say

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    “Women, life, freedom” became the protest chant of a revolution still raging in Iran months after a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, died while in custody of morality police. Amini was arrested last September for “improperly” wearing a hijab and violating the Islamic Republic's mandatory dress code laws. Since then, her name has become a viral hashtag invoked by millions of online activists protesting authoritarian regimes around the globe.

    In response to Iran's ongoing protests—mostly led by women and young people—Iranian authorities have increasingly restricted Internet access. First, they temporarily blocked popular app stores and indefinitely blocked social media apps like WhatsApp and Instagram. They then implemented sporadic mobile shutdowns wherever protests flared up. Perhaps most extreme, authorities responded to protests in southeast Iran in February by blocking the Internet outright, Al Arabiya reported . Digital and human rights experts say motivations include controlling information, keeping protestors offline, and forcing protestors to use state services where their online activities can be more easily tracked—and sometimes trigger arrests.

    As getting online has become increasingly challenging for everyone in Iran—not just protestors—millions have learned to rely on virtual private networks (VPNs) to hide Internet activity, circumvent blocks, and access accurate information beyond state propaganda. Simply put, VPNs work by masking a user's IP address so that governments have a much more difficult time monitoring activity or detecting a user's location. They do this by routing the user's data to the VPN provider's remote servers, making it much harder for an ISP (or a government) to correlate the Internet activity of the VPN provider's servers with the individual users actually engaging in that activity.

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      WhatsApp “end-to-end encrypted” messages aren’t that private after all

      Jim Salter · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 8 September, 2021 - 21:33

    WhatsApp logo

    Enlarge / The security of Facebook's popular messaging app leaves several rather important devils in its details. (credit: WhatsApp )

    Yesterday, independent newsroom ProPublica published a detailed piece examining the popular WhatsApp messaging platform's privacy claims. The service famously offers "end-to-end encryption," which most users interpret as meaning that Facebook, WhatsApp's owner since 2014, can neither read messages itself nor forward them to law enforcement.

    This claim is contradicted by the simple fact that Facebook employs about 1,000 WhatsApp moderators whose entire job is—you guessed it—reviewing WhatsApp messages that have been flagged as "improper."

    End-to-end encryption—but what’s an “end”?

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    This snippet from WhatsApp's security and privacy page seems easy to misinterpret. (credit: Jim Salter )

    The loophole in WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption is simple: the recipient of any WhatsApp message can flag it. Once flagged, the message is copied on the recipient's device and sent as a separate message to Facebook for review.

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      Vous quittez WhatsApp pour Telegram ? Attention si vous migrez vos conversations

      Julien Lausson · news.movim.eu / Numerama · Friday, 29 January, 2021 - 18:13


    Avec Telegram, il est possible de récupérer l'historique de conversation WhatsApp pour faciliter la migration des contacts. Mais ce transfert a des répercussions qu'il ne faut pas ignorer sur la sécurité et la confidentialité des messages. [Lire la suite]

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      WhatsApp sécurise désormais certaines fonctions avec votre doigt ou votre visage

      Julien Lausson · news.movim.eu / Numerama · Thursday, 28 January, 2021 - 17:43

    Empreintes digitales

    WhatsApp annonce une modification dans la manière de sécuriser la connexion à WhatsApp ou à sa version de bureau. L'application mobile va utiliser si possible l'authentification biométrique, en passant par les empreintes digitales ou le visage de ses utilisateurs. Mais ça ne veut pas dire qu'elle y aura accès. [Lire la suite]

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