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Mark Zuckerberg Says That Integration of Facebook, WhatsApp Not Before 2020

"One of the ways that we're talking about decentralization is through end-to-end encryption in messaging," he added.

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Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. VOA

Amid the global outrage over Facebook’s plans to integrate chats among Whatsapp, Messenger and Instagram, the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said this is going to be a long-term project.

In an earnings call after announcing Facebook’s fourth quarter results late Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg said they were early in thinking through the integration plan.

“There’s a lot more that we need to figure out before we finalize the plans. This is going to be a long-term project that I think will probably be to whatever extent we end up doing it in – a 2020 thing or beyond,” said the Facebook CEO.

He said more than the commercial benefits of the chat integration between the apps, he was concerned about data encryption.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“The first reason that I’m excited about this is moving more to end-to-end encryption by default in more of our products. People really like this in WhatsApp. I think it’s the direction that we should be going in with more things in the future,” he told analysts.

“There are also a number of cases that we see where people tell us that they want to be able to message across the different services,” Zuckerberg noted.

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) on Monday warned Facebook over its planned integration of chat services — WhatsApp, Messenger and photo-sharing app Instagram — asking the social media giant to provide it with an “urgent briefing” on the proposals.

“The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinizing Facebook’s plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies,” DPC said in a statement.

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

According to Mark Zuckerberg, the idea is to let people utilise the apps to enhance the experience.

“Hundreds of millions of people are using Marketplace on Facebook now, and a lot of people are using that in countries where WhatsApp is the primary messaging app that they use.

“We need to make it so that people can communicate across the different networks and graphs that they have or be able to do that integration better in order to facilitate more transactions and connections there,” said Mark Zuckerberg.

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He said he believes very strongly in trying to decentralize and put power in individual’s hands.

“One of the ways that we’re talking about decentralization is through end-to-end encryption in messaging,” he added. (IANS)

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Zoom Raiders Use Social Media Platforms Like Instagram, Twitter To Organise Campaigns

Teenagers running those accounts told the news outlet that they found Zoomraiding a way to escape completing school work

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Twitter is also reportedly looking at how it can deal with the issue. Pixabay

As more classes go online with video meeting app Zoom due to the COVID-19 restrictions, bad actors are making use of social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter to organise harassment campaigns, or what has come to be known as “Zoomraiding” or “Zoombombing”, the media reported.

There are several accounts on Instagram and Twitter asking people to share Zoom meeting codes so that they can raid those video conferences or classes organised through the app, CNET reported on Friday. While Instagram is in the process of pulling down accounts that claim to offer Zoomraiding, the menace is far from over.

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“Zoomraiding” or “Zoombombing” has emerged as a new type of online harassment in which hate speech, pornography or other inappropriate content is suddenly flashed by disrupting a video call on Zoom. Twitter is also reportedly looking at how it can deal with the issue.

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As more classes go online with video meeting app Zoom due to the COVID-19 restrictions, bad actors are making use of social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter to organise harassment campaigns, or what has come to be known as “Zoomraiding” or “Zoombombing”. IANS

After The New York Times discovered 153 Instagram accounts created for Zoombombing, the Facebook-owned photo and video-sharing app on Friday said it was still in the process of pulling down accounts and hashtags used for Zoombombing.

Teenagers running those accounts told the news outlet that they found Zoomraiding a way to escape completing school work.

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Zooms Founder and CEO Eric Yuan has apologized for the privacy and security issues being reported in his app that has seen a surge in usage globally as people work from home during lockdowns. (IANS)